The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced the dates for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). The tournament which will be hosted in Côte d’Ivoire is scheduled to kick off on June 23 and end on July 23, with 24 countries vying for the coveted silverware. CAF changed the date of the tournament from January to June in order to give the teams adequate time to prepare because of the short time frame if it were to be held in January next year. The draws for the preliminary qualifiers will be announced on January 21, 2022. Rwanda, whose only appearance in the competition was in 2004 in Tunisia, will be hoping to end the 19-year absence by qualifying for the biggest soccer fiesta on the continent.