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CAF Changes date for AFCON 2019 because of Ramadan

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has altered the date for the start of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

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Egypt were named as the new hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after Cameroon were stripped of their hosting rights and as an Islamic state, the tournament which was originally slated to start on June 15 has been brought forward by six days because of the Ramadan period.

The changes will enable the players to rest after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The change was announced by tournament director and former Egypt international Mohamed Fadl.

"The decision was taken following requests from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria who want their players to have time to rest after Ramadan," he said.

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The Confederation of African Football has also confirmed the draw for the final will be on 12 April.

The tournament will be played from 15th June to 19th July, 2019.

Ramadan, when Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset, is due to start at the beginning of May until the beginning of June.

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