The 32nd edition of the continent’s flagship soccer carnival, Africa Cup of Nations, to be played in Egypt, has been postponed by a week to allow Muslim players the time to recuperate after fasting in the month of Ramadan.
Having initially been scheduled to commence on June 14, the tournament will now kick-off on June, 21 instead, according to the Confederation of African Football.
This came after a number of North African nations petitioned the continent’s football governing body to make the arrangement since training and playing during this period-where it is mandatory for Muslim players to refrain from food or water from sunrise to sunset- proved problematic.
Vice President of the host’s football association, Mr. Ahmed Shobir also confirmed the development.
“A number of North African countries asked the CAF to delay the opening of the tournament for one week because of fasting in Ramadan as well as celebrating Eid Al-Fitr,”
“CAF agreed with the countries’ request and the tournament will start 21 June instead of 14 June, and it will be finished on 19 July 2019,” Shobir added.