The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Monday announced the decision to push back the start date for this year’s African Cup of Nations tournament.
The decision to push the date back by a week is reportedly to allow players to rest after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Ramadan is scheduled to begin on the evening of May 5 and will end around June 4.
This year’s tournament will now kick-off on June 21 and run through to the final on July 19.
For the first time 24 nations will participate in the competition to be staged in Egypt.
Egypt bid to host the tournament alongside South Africa after the rights were taken away from Cameroon late last year.
According to Caf, Cameroon was not ready to host an expanded 24-team tournament.
Cameroon was also reported to be witnessing a lot of violent protests.