Officially, FIFA postpones the 2022 World Cup African Qualifiers
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) announced the postponement of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers from June to September, citing the need to adapt to the health challenge.
The Confederation said in a statement that "the African Union Emergency Committee, in consultation with the FIFA (International Game Association), has decided to postpone the African World Cup qualifiers."
"The qualifiers will now be held during the international windows in September, October and November 2021, as well as March 2022," he added, without further clarifications about the timetable.
He added that the decision takes into account "the challenges posed by the management of the Covid-19 epidemic, and the keenness to ensure optimal playing conditions," noting that "(reassessing) its protocols, especially the pre-match checks."
Sources within several federations explained to Agence France-Presse on Tuesday that this delay at the last minute, four weeks before the start of the qualifiers, happened due to the lack of approval for many stadiums on the continent.
According to the new decision, the six rounds of the African qualifiers will be distributed in two rounds in September, October and November, and then the supplement will be held in March of next year after the African Nations Cup finals scheduled in Cameroon at the beginning of 2022, after it was postponed from the beginning of this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to The same sources.
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