24-Teams African Cup of Nations - All You Need To Know

After a successful gathering of the African Cup of Nations—AFCON—president Amaju Pinnick who is also the president of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) together with other top officials and decision makers of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) committee in Rabat, a resolution for the proposal of expanded African Cup of Nations from 16 to 24 was met.

In contrast to what many believed over the last few years, a bigger African Cup of Nations is directly proportionate to a bigger pool of talents. You will also agree with me that there are hundreds of raw talents in African Football yet to be discovered and only a more competitive games – like what we are expecting in the AFCON 2019 henceforth can bring most of this players to the limelight throughout their football career.

Commercial Reason

Before now the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was more than often struggling to make it big (monetarily) from the AFCON competition just as their European counterpart.

Remember back in 2012 when UEFA European Championship was just a 12 teams-tournament, they made only $1.5 billion in profit. However, the UEFA European Championship for the first time right from inception staged a 24 teams-competition and boom! They made a whooping $2.1 billion in profit.

That being said, in CAF perspective, more profit is expected to be made with the 24 team-event as quite a lot of stakeholders and corporate organization are looking for possibilities to explore the ever growing audience.

This will bring a boost to CAF revenue stream in the long run as lots of profit will surely be made.
Hosting Dates: January/February (Outdated)
The African Cup of Nations was traditionally held on January/February, time during when the European leagues are actively on.

Hosting the AFCON when European leagues were on was something that could have been avoided from the get go due to it colliding with the the major European leagues, hence reducing the efficacy of the AFCON tournament since millions of football fans around the world who would have loved to watch their favorite African players playing for their respective country(s) would instead stayed glued to their TV watching the European Leagues.

Hosting on June/July

However, with AFCON tournament kicking off just when the European Leagues are on break (June/July), that means more fans in Africa, Europe and other places around the world can stay focused on the beautiful game of AFCON.


  1. Is the official opening ceremony coinciding with the first game?


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