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Moving forward No more bad pitches at AFCONs - CAF

The phenomenon of bad pitches at the AFCON is set to be a thing of the past, according to CAF

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play The poor pitch at the Stade de Port Gentil

African football governing body CAF has acknowledged the role poor pitches played in marring the recent Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon, and has promised to take steps to avoid a repeat for future editions.

READ MORE: AFCON 2017 Poor pitches causing headaches for teams

The state of pitches at the three-week tournament - especially that of the Stade de Port-Gentil - was heavily criticized for it's role in subjecting players to injuries as well as ruining the quality of football.

play The Stade de Port Gentil pitch flooded after a rainstorm before the third-place play-off


"That is a lesson for us to make sure we have better control of better management in future," CAF Secretary general Hicham El Amrani told BBC Sport.

READ MORE: AFCON 2017 Ghana coach says injury rules unfair amid pitch concerns

"We are taking it very seriously. One way to do things is to be in touch with the Local Organising Committee way in advance, even before a pitch has been laid, and to provide them with our knowledge in terms of selection of suppliers."

READ MORE: AFCON 2017 Asamoah Gyan: Bad pitches caused my injury

The next edition of the AFCON will be hosted by Cameroon, who won this year's edition.

Matches will be played in the capital Yaounde, as well as Douala, Garoua, Limbe and Baffousam.

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