The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday announced the new dates for the AFCON 2021 and 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
After an Emergency meeting on Wednesday, the CAF Emergency Committee has approved that the qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations are set to resume in November while those of the next stage for the 2022 World Cup will begin in May 2021.
“For Cameroon 2021, the qualifiers resume on 9-17 November 2020 with the Day 3 and 4 matches whilst the penultimate and ultimate matches take place on 22-30 March 2021.” CAF stated on it’s official website.
Meanwhile, the African qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, which are in the second round, will happen between May 2021 and November 2021.
“The 40 teams in contention for the five slots for Qatar 2022 will commence the journey between 31 May and 15 June 2021 with the Day 1 and 2 matches. From 30 August till 7 September, the Day 3 and 4 matches are expected to take place with Day 5 and 6 matches fixed for 4-12 October 2021,” it added.
In March, CAF postponed upcoming AFCON qualifying matches due to the coronavirus after the World Health Organisation declared it a pandemic. The qualifiers were scheduled to kick off from March 25-31.