AFCON Needs To Join The Big League In Size ; Mitchell Obi

Radical changes by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as it concerns the size and timing of the showpiece tournament, the AFCON, will propel Africa to the big league in the world, according to top Nigerian sports journalist Mitchell Obi.

Last week, CAF expanded with immediate effect the AFCON from 16 to 24 teams and the biennial tournament will now be staged in the months of June and July as against the tradition months of January and February.

Mitchell Obi is the President AIPS Africa and he has applauded the changes.

“These are radical changes and the times have also changed,” he said.

“African can no longer afford to isolate itself because the world is a global village and it deserves the best. Africa needs to join the big league.

“The 24-team tournament is good, it expands the game at a time when there are no more minnows.

“Everybody now has an opportunity, prepare more effectively and they are looking at making more money (from the competition).

“We will also get the best players because after they give you best to your club in Europe, we can also come and do well at the AFCON with the new timing.”

However, Mitchell Obi also predicted that in time to come the expanded competition will be played every four years and not the current frequency of every two years.

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