Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Patrice Motsepe says the next Africa Cup of Nations will be played in Ivory Coast in 2024, and not 2023.

The tournament was to be hosted in June-July 2023, which is the height of the rainy season in Ivory Coast.

With the World Cup in Qatar taking place in November and December this year, the decision has been taken to postpone the finals rather than bring them forward.

It means the Nations Cup will be held in January and February for the second time in a row, after this year’s tournament in Cameroon.

In 2017, CAF announced that it would move the finals from their traditional January-February slot to June-July in a bid to avoid repeated disputes with European clubs forced to release players in the middle of the season.

Under former CAF president Issa Hayatou, who was overthrown in 2017, African football’s ruling body refused to countenance any possible change of date for the months the continent’s flagship sports event is hosted.

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