Africa Cup of Nations matches should have four drinks breaks because of “extremely challenging” weather conditions, says one players’ union.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) plans to have two cooling breaks per match, in line with Fifa regulations, but Fifpro wants double that.
Temperatures are forecast to reach up to 40C (104F) in host nation Egypt.
“The health and safety of the players must come first,” Fifpro said.
“Any play in temperatures over 34C would mean there is an extremely high risk of thermal injury.”
In addition to CAF’s existing plans to have drinks breaks in the 30th and 70th minutes, Fifpro proposes players should also rest in the 15th and 60th minutes of matches.