The Confederation For African Football (CAF) have approved a 24-team format for the Africa Cup of Nations.

The current number is 16 teams, but the next edition in Cameroon in 2019 will host 24 countries from the African continent.

“The decision to institute an African competition with 24 teams in the 2019 edition was made, including a tournament to be organized between June and July. The competition will continue to be held every two years, odd years and exclusively on the African continent and with African national teams,” the African football governing body said in a statement.

Africa's flagship sporting event has featured 16 teams since 1996.

Awarded two years ago the right to host AFCON 2019, Cameroon is set to organize the competition, despite difficulties in dispelling fears over progress in its preparations.

CAF will send an inspection team to Cameroon in early September.