The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has confirmed November 28 as commencement for the 2015 Caf Under-23 Championship in Senegal.
The second edition of the quadrennial youth football tournament for players under the age of 23 was initially slated for DR Congo but the government of the Central African country pulled out due to an impending general election around the time.
Senegal who recently hosted the Africa Youth Championship (Under-20) have since taken the mandate to host the competition which will have only players born on or after January 1, 1993 from eight nations competing.
The Executive Committee of Caf which has arrived in Zurich for a Fifa general meeting met on Tuesday to determine the dates and approved venues for the Championship.
Caf has now announced that the Under-23 Championship will be held in two cities – Dakar and M’bour – from November 28 to December 12.
“The competition will be held from 28 November to 12 December 2015 in Dakar’s Leopold Sedar Senghor Stadium and Mbour’s Caroline Faye Stadium,” Caf said in a statement.
Seven countries are expected to join hosts Senegal for the competition whose qualifying campaign ends at the third round on August 2.
The 2015 Caf Under-23 Championship will act as qualification to the 2016 Summer Olympics in men’s football event for Africa. The top three teams at the championship gain qualification to represent the continent.