Fifa have decided to postpone the 2022 Caf World Cup qualifiers.
The governing body took the decision after consulting with the Confederation of African Football and both parties agreed it is in the best interest to postpone the games that were scheduled to take place in June.
“FIFA can confirm that in conjunction with CAF and taking into consideration the current disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure optimal playing conditions for all teams,” read a Fifa statement.
“It has been decided to postpone the African qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 that were due to be played in June 2021.
“The qualifiers are now scheduled to take place in the existing windows of September, October and November 2021, and March 2022.”
A few national team coaches had already announced their squads for the June international break, but they will have to put all their plans on hold until later this year.
This is a blessing in disguise for new Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos as it gives him enough time to assess players before the qualifiers start in September.
Broos was announced as the new Bafana Bafana coach by the South African Football Association (Safa) on Wednesday afternoon.
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