AFCON moved from June 2023 to January 2024 to clash with Premier LeagueThe African Football Confederation (CAF) has switched the dates of the next Africa Cup of Nations finals to January 2024, six months later than scheduled.The decision will likely spark controversy as the new AFCON dates clash with club commitments for many players, including those in the Premier League.The finals were due to be played in June next year in the Ivory Coast, which remains as host.But concerns over the weather in west Africa in mid-year have dictated a change."We took a lot of advice and we decided we cannot take a risk," , CAF's president Patrice Motsepe told a news conference."We don't want to run the risk of that our top competition is going to be washed out."He did not answer a question about why it had taken so long for CAF to make the change, given it had been warned of the rainy season when it was announced it would take place in mid-2023.CAF moved the hosting of its continental championship to mid-year in 2019 to avoid the club versus country tussle for its top players.But weather concerns and the COVID-19 pandemic caused the last edition to be played in Cameroon in January, reigniting complaints from clubs in Europe forced to give up their African players to national duty in mid-season."January is not the best time because the European clubs do not want to release their players but we have no choice," Motsepe added.