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SPORTS: Drogba agrees with Infantino’s call for AFCON every four years

SPORTS: Drogba agrees with Infantino’s call for AFCON every four years

AFRICA, Sports
Organsing the Africa Cup of Nations every four years, as FIFA proposed “can be a good thing,” according to former Ivorian international and Chelsea forward Didier Drogba. The Elephants skipper believes it could increase the flavour and rarity of the trophy. Drogba also thinks that this schedule will protect African footballers who play in Europe. “I think we’re going to have to get to that point [playing in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations every four years] because the African player is quite disadvantaged in relation to his club, and given that there are a lot of African players now playing in Europe, it complicates things a bit. Already at the time when we played in the African Cup of Nations, which was in January, (a player) to leave for the national team was to jeopard...
SPORTS: AFCON must be played every 4 years for ‘more impact ‘ – FIFA president.

SPORTS: AFCON must be played every 4 years for ‘more impact ‘ – FIFA president.

Sports
The Africa Cup of Nations tournament should be played every four years instead of two, FIFA President Gianni Infantino urged the continent’s soccer leaders on Saturday. Infantino said revenue could rise up to six-fold for a four-yearly continental championship, and become a must-see event “not only for Africa but the world.” The idea would likely be backed by European clubs who dislike losing their players to national-team duty, and especially in mid-season. The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in January. The FIFA president also tempted African officials with the prospect of more entries in an expanded slate of youth World Cups. Infantino suggested annual under-16 and under-18 tournaments for boys and girls instead of the current under-17 events every two years. T...