2024 WAFCON will go on – CAF

Confederation of African Football (CAF) has finally announced that the 15th edition of Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON) billed for Morocco in 2024 will go ahead despite the dark clouds hovering over the staging of the competition this year.

This was disclosed by a top official of CAF, Head of Television and Broadcasting (Commercial), Mr. Luxolo September.

According to Mr September who spoke as a guest on a cable television programme, ‘Soccer Africa’ , the final decision on the date of WAFCON 2024 and AFCON 2025 both billed for Morocco will be made in few weeks by CAF hierarchy, adding that the crowded football schedules in 2024 have affected football competitions globally.

He said, ”By FIFA calendar, WAFCON was supposed to have taken place in January but, of course, AFCON took place in January and February in Ivory Coast and we wouldn’t have held WAFCON then. Also, the next FIFA window is July/ August when the Paris Olympics will hold.

“But we (CAF) are working round the clock to ensure that the competition holds this year. So, in the next few weeks when CAF meets, a decision will be taken on not only the WAFCON but AFCON dates.

“I want to reveal that CAF President,(Dr Patrice Motsepe), is already discussing with heads of European clubs to release African players for WAFCON and I believe the competition will take place this year”.

Mr. September had earlier in March insisted that the competition will not suffer any postponement, pointing out that CAF leadership is aware of the crowded calendar and is working tirelessly to ensure that the tournament is organised within the year in Morocco.