This is an era of change and it is also reflecting in football.

A 2-day symposium on African football with the theme, ‘African Football: Our Vision’ ended in Rabat, Morocco on Wednesday with high hopes for the future of the African game.

Some of the expectations are to move the timing of the Africa Cup of Nations from January/February to June/July to give players the opportunity to round up the season with their clubs without any hindrance.

Also expected is the increase in number of teams that will take part at the tournament from 16 to 24.

Presidents and General Secretaries of CAF’s 55 Member Associations were joined by Chairmen of Leagues, top –notch club owners, marketing gurus, media luminaries, broadcast partners, legal experts and playing legends at enthusiastic sessions held inside the International Conference Centre Mohammed VI in Skhirat, on the outskirts of Morocco’s administrative capital.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Secretary General Fatma Samoura, a Senegalese, also attended, with the former calling out African football leaders to eradicate the ugly menace of age cheats.

“This symposium will prove crucial to the future of African football. We must be united and work very hard, and be sincere in putting the best ideas on the table to propel African football to new levels,” said Infantino.

In an impressive mix of English and French (and a few words in Arabic), the FIFA boss also pledged the world body’s support for the steps that must be taken to re-position the African game, while acknowledging that women football in African has potential to be a much bigger brand.

A CAF Extra –Ordinary General Assembly will take place at the Hotel Sofitel in Rabat on Friday.