The number of teams to participate in the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations has been increased from eight teams to 12 from the 2020 edition, the Confederation of African Football has announced.
CAF president, Ahmad Ahmad, who made this known, said the decision was taken at the executive committee meeting of the continental football body on Wednesday in Cairo, Egypt.
With the decision, there would be quarter-final stages before the semi-final henceforth.
“We took a great decision (Wednesday). Women’s AFCON will now engage 12 teams. They only were eight until now,” he tweeted.
Ahmad also announced that both the CAF Champions League final and the CAF Confederations Cup would have one-match finals played on neutral grounds.
“Huge decision that CAF took today (Wednesday): the (finals) will be now played on a single game,” he said on Twitter without giving further details.
Meanwhile, there are strong indications that FIFA president Gianni Infantino, will attend the CAF congress expected to hold in Cairo on Thursday (today).
This is as the corruption allegation levelled against CAF president Ahmad Ahmad is expected to top issues to be discussed as CAF’s 54-member associations meet at a congress on Thursday (today).
According to reports, a decision to cede control of the body to FIFA, allegations of fraud and sexual harassment levelled Ahmad in April when he was a minister in Madagascar may also provoke debate during the congress.
It will be recalled that Ahmad was detained and questioned by French authorities in June as part of a corruption investigation.