African Cup of Nations qualifiers postponed to permit for World Cup preparation

The following spherical of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in September have been postponed to permit the continent’s 5 World Cup-bound groups the chance for higher preparatory matches earlier than the match in Qatar, the Confederation of African Soccer stated on Sunday.

The postponement had been muted for weeks, particularly after the date for the subsequent Cup of Nations finals within the Ivory Coast was put again from June subsequent yr to January 2024.

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse was among the many extra vocal critics of the fixtures, which meant his nation would have needed to play two Cup of Nations qualifiers, house and away towards Mozambique, within the remaining window of alternative in September once they needed to play towards opposition from different continents forward of the World Cup.

Senegal are anticipated to announce various fixtures quickly.

Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco and Tunisia are the opposite African groups who will probably be taking part in on the World Cup finals.

The Cup of Nations qualifiers, which began with two rounds of matches in June, nonetheless have 4 rounds remaining.

CAF stated match day three and match day 4 qualifiers have been moved to March 20-28 subsequent yr, the fifth spherical to June 12-20 2023 whereas match day six will probably be performed on Sept. 4-12 2023. 


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