CAF Changes Venue, Kick-off Times for U-23 AFCON Semi-Finals
By Niyi Busari
Confederation of African Football, CAF, on Sunday modified venue and time of today’s (Tuesday) semifinal matches of the ongoing U23 African Cup Of Nations in Egypt, BSNSports.com.ng can report.
At its meeting Sunday in Cairo, the Organising Committee for the Total U-23 Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019, decided on the modification of the schedule of this Tuesday’s semi-final matches.
A statement from the African football governing body reads:
“Following the meeting to review the group phase of the competition, the Côte d’Ivoire vs Ghana game, initially scheduled to be played at the Al Salam Stadium, has been moved to the Cairo International Stadium.
“The decision means that both semi-final matches will take place at the Cairo International Stadium, with revised kick-off times.
The kick-off times will be as follows;
Côte d’Ivoire vs Ghana, 16H00 (14H00 GMT)
Egypt vs South Africa, 20H00 (18H00 GMT)”
The defending champions, Nigeria crashed out of the competition in the group stage after a 0-0 draw with South Africa. Nigeria’s U23 team lost the first match to Cote d’Ivoire 0-1, defeated Zambia 3-1 and played 0-0 with South Africa. The quadrennial tournament serves as the qualification for 2020 Olympics where the top three countries represent Africa at next year’s Olympics.