Possible changes to the Africa Cup of Nations will be high on the agenda at the meeting ©CAF

Morocco have indicated they are willing to step in as hosts of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations should Cameroon be unable to host it as key stakeholders prepare to discuss potential changes to the tournament at a two-day symposium in Rabat.

The timing of the biennial competition is among the main items on the agenda of the event in the Moroccan capital, which will be attended by FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) head Ahmad, who pledged to review the current structure of the event in his successful campaign to unseat incumbent Issa Hayatou in March, players, coaches and other officials are due to be in attendance.

Former players such as Cameroon's Samuel Eto’o and Nigerian Jay-Jay Okocha will also give their input at the gathering in Rabat, which begins tomorrow.

The focal point of the discussions surrounding the Africa Cup of Nations concerns the timing of the tournament, traditionally held in January, which critics claim provides too much of a disruption to the European club season.

Players have to be released by their clubs to take part in the event, with some reluctant to let their star names travel to Africa to represent their country.

CAF President Ahmad Ahmad pledged to review the current structure of the Cup of Nations when he was elected in March ©Getty Images
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad pledged to review the current structure of the Cup of Nations when he was elected in March ©Getty Images

Ahmad is also expected to address issues regarding bidding for the tournament, the CAF's flagship competition for national teams, in a bid to encourage more countries to enter the race for the hosting rights.

Reports in Morocco have claimed the nation, which unsuccessfully bid for the 2010 World Cup, losing out to South Africa in a vote which remains controversial, would stage the 2019 event if Cameroon were forced to withdraw.

It has been claimed Cameroon are behind schedule with their venue construction and that their hosting of the 2019 tournament could be placed further in to doubt depending on the outcome of the CAF symposium.

A total of eight workshops are scheduled to take place at the symposium, with other topics including football development and the CAF Champions League, the organisation's main club competition.

The two-day event precedes an Executive Committee meeting on Friday (July 21) before a CAF Extraordinary General Assembly is held the following day.