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
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...
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.