AFCON 2023 Shatters Records with Over 5,000 Accreditation Applications

The Confederation of African Football (CAF), said it has received over 5,000 media accreditation applications for the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said it has received over 5,000 media accreditation applications for the Total Energies CAF Africa Cup of Nations.

CAF said on its official website on Saturday that the applications are 90 percent more than those received for Cameroon in 2021.

Applications are 90 percent more than those received for Cameroon in 2021

The revelation that CAF has received over 5,000 media accreditation applications for AFCON 2023 showcases the unprecedented interest and enthusiasm surrounding the tournament. This figure, a staggering 90 percent increase compared to the applications received for the previous edition in Cameroon, underscores the growing importance of AFCON on the global football stage. The surge in interest is not only a testament to the popularity of the tournament but also reflects the increasing recognition of African football’s prowess and entertainment value.

The surge in media accreditation applications points to the expanding global recognition of African football. Historically, football enthusiasts and media outlets may have focused more on traditional football powerhouses, but AFCON’s rising popularity is challenging this narrative. The tournament has become a showcase for the diverse talent, skill, and competitive spirit that African teams bring to the football arena. The increased media interest is a reflection of the acknowledgment that African football is a force to be reckoned with.

The spike in media accreditation applications signifies the diverse storytelling opportunities that AFCON 2023 presents. Journalists, photographers, and media professionals from across the globe recognize the rich narratives woven into the fabric of African football. From underdog triumphs to the fierce rivalry between established teams, AFCON is a treasure trove of stories waiting to be told. The surge in media interest suggests a collective eagerness to capture and share these narratives with a global audience.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that media accreditation closed on Nov. 24.

It said that more than 70 nationalities have applied to cover Africa’s biggest event.

“The high demand has necessitated that CAF implement quotas for all the countries due to space demands.

“CAF remains committed to ensuring that fairness is applied across the board in the allocation and implementation of quotas.

“CAF believes in creating access for media and promoting media freedom,” it said.

It said that it would introduce new guidelines for non-rights holders and enforce restrictions on filming and other activities to protect media (TV) rights holders.

It said that priority will be given to the host nation at 30 percent, participating countries at 35 percent, regional (neighbouring) countries at 10 percent, and the rest of the world at 25 percent.

“CAF is currently working closely with all the participating member associations to ensure that there is fair representation in allocating the quotas for each country,” it said.

It said that priority would also be given to agencies.

NAN reports that the 2023 AFCON will kick off from January 13, 2024, to February 11, 2024, in Cote d’Ivoire, with 24 nations participating.

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