The Ivory Coast agreed to host the tournament of the African Cup of Nations in 2023 instead of 2021 after the head of the soccer capitals of the continent met with President Eugene Alassane Ouattar to reach an agreement.
This allows the African Football Confederation to relocate the next four hosts of the African Cup so that Cameroon, who has been deprived of the right to hold this year's tournament, can now arrange an event in 2021. Coast of Slonovače will postpone hosting for two years and Guinea, originally chosen for the host in 2023, will turn tournament in 2025.
CAF announced a deal Wednesday after Ahmad's football team leader met with Ouattar and other Ivory Coast government officials. Ahmad, who goes under one name, also met with the presidents of Cameroon and Guinea earlier.
It appears that the deal avoided the legal challenge of the Ivory Coast football federation, whose officials were angry when Ahmad announced Cameroon hosted in 2021, without first obtaining permission from Ivorian.
Cameroon lost the 2019 tournament due to poor preparation and security problems, but was relieved of the opportunity to be hosted in two years. Egypt will host this year's African Cup, which will be in June and July and the first will be increased from 16 to 24 teams.