The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations has been rescheduled a week a head to allow Muslim players get breather after the culmination of the holy month of Ramadan.
The month long event, in its 32nd edition, will now kick off on June 21st and the finals slated for July 19th changing from the initial dates of June 15th- July 13th.
The development was revealed by tournament director and former Egypt international Mohamed Fadl.
“The decision was taken following requests from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria who want their players to have time to rest after Ramadan,” he said.
Ramadan is penciled to begin at the start of May and run up to the beginning of June, a close to a month to be precise.
Ramadan is a religious practice that sees Muslims abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset.
The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations will for the first time this year take place in the summer and feature 24 teams rather than sixteen.
Cameroon are the reigning Champions.
Egypt replaced Cameroon as hosts after the West African country were stripped of the hosting rights due to slow preparations and security concerns.