CAF postpones qualifying matches from September to March

CAF has decided to postpone the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th days to allow the teams qualified for the 2022 World Cup to prepare. Senegal, holders of the title, Morocco, Cameroon, Ghana and Tunisia will take advantage of this postponement to play friendly matches in September.

The qualifying days for the African Cup scheduled for September have been postponed to March 2023, we learned from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Thursday. This postponement allows the continent’s five globalists to instead play preparation matches for the World Cup in Qatar (November 21-December 18), as they had requested.

Senegal, which won its first CAN in February, Morocco, Cameroon, Ghana and Tunisia have qualified for the World Cup. The African Cup of Nations, scheduled for June 2023 in Côte d’Ivoire, has been postponed to January-February 2024 by CAF. “The postponement of the CAN offered an opportunity to reschedule the remaining qualifying matches”, is it written in a document addressed to the members of the executive committee of CAF.

“It also opens the Fifa September dates to international friendly matches for the preparation for the World Cup”, is it specified. The 3rd and 4th days of the CAN qualifications are rescheduled in March 2023. The 5th and 6th days initially scheduled for March have been shifted to the period from June 12 to 20 for the 5th day, and from September 4 to 12 for the 6th and last day.

In early June, Senegal coach Aliou Cissé estimated that “the best thing (to) help the five (African) selections which qualified for the World Cup is to stop the playoffs in September and give the possibility to the qualified countries to prepare”. “Following the six-month delay of the AFCON, the globalists have been pushing to upset the schedule of the qualifiers, explains Fifa match agent Gaël Mahé.

“This allows them to refine their preparation with friendly matches against opponents from other confederations”. “We should not see a confused approach but a coherent and logical decision by CAF, he continues. Africa has only five representatives at the World Cup, with this decision CAF wishes to protect them”.

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