AFCON and World Cup qualifiers set to resume

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Wednesday announced the new schedule for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifiers and the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying games which were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2021 Cameroon AFCON qualifiers will resume in November while the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualification matches will begin in May 2021.

The Afcon qualifiers were set to start in March but were postponed after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared Covid-19 a pandemic.

In a statement released on Wednesday afternoon, CAF said that a busy schedule awaits the participating nations with double-headers from November 2020 through to November 2021 in the battle for places to the final tournament of the two competitions – AFCON and World Cup.

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“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,” reads the CAF statement.

“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. The Playoff matches have been scheduled for 8-16 November 2021.

CAF went on to state that they are monitoring the situation closely and working with the relevant authorities with regards to hosting of the matches, and will make pronouncements accordingly in the event of developments that will affect playing a match at the designated venue.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

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