Due to high temperatures expected in Egypt, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) announces that there will be water breaks during this year’s edition of AFCON.
Temperature can actually be a problem for many players and with temperature roaming around the 40-degree mark CAF had no choice but to allow two water breaks that would happen in between the 90-minute match; precisely on the 30th and 75th-minute marks.
The administrative and controlling body for African association football, Confederation of African Football, released a statement which read:
“This would give a high wet bulb globe temperature (WBGT) index reading above 32 degrees. It is certain that most teams will be aware of this and will train accordingly. At this level, FIFA recommends three-minute rest-and-refreshing breaks in the 30th and 75th minutes. These breaks must require the provision of cold containers on wheels to put crushed ice, drinks for referees and small cold and wet towels to place around the neck for 26 people (four referees and 22 players). It will also be necessary to prepare for any eventuality of emergencies. It will be important to be able to diagnose and treat heat-related illnesses if they occur on site.”
Cameroon was stripped of their right to host the cup last year and the top two draws to host were Egypt and South Africa; out of which Egypt was chosen – had it been South Africa, the tides may have gone in a different direction considering the temperature roaming around 15 degrees in the “rainbow nation”.
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