Egypt will host the 32nd African Cup of Nations, but that wasn’t how it was intended to be. Cameroon were named as the host nation back in 2014. However, failure to provide adequate infrastructure at match venues, combined with the conflict between French- and English-speakers in the country, prompted Africa’s CAF football federation to withdraw Cameroon’s hosting rights in January. For the first time, the competition is being played in the northern hemisphere’s summer. In the past it took place in January and February, meaning that the star players at European clubs would miss an important phase of the domestic season.
This scheduling fits the big teams better, but the higher temperatures could prove an extra burden on players already fatigued by a long season.
And, as in so many international competitions of late, expansion’s the name of the game. For the first time, 24 teams rather than 16 will take part — following in the footsteps of Euro 2018 and the Women’s World Cup.
CENTER FOR AFRICAN STUDIES
Center for Africa Studies (AFRAM) which located in Ankara, is an organization facilitating under the administration of African Affairs Council (AFAC). It makes various researches about Africa to enhance economic and cultural bounds between Africa and Turkey. AFRAM’s publishings has been shared with different institutions as they require to obtain.
Africa Observatory is one the publishing of AFRAM and it has been published each two weeks. It has been delivered to different institutions via e-mail.