Fifa president Sepp Blatter has told the African Football Federation (CAF) that the timing of the Africa Cup of Nations must be changed.
Blatter said that by 2016, the biennial tournament must be held in June and July like other major international tournaments.
Earlier this week, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) insisted that the competition will continue to be staged January, citing the inclement weather in central Africa during June and July. There would also be the problem of a clash with the World Cup every four years, but Blatter suggested that the Nations Cup could be moved to odd years.
“This is a tradition, but one should have now the courage to go into the international calendar and see if it’s not possible to deal with it,” Blatter told the BBC.
“We put a target for 2016 that by that time the international calendar must be definitely in accordance with the interests of everybody.”