Qualifying matches for the Africa Cup of Nations which had been scheduled for September have been pushed again to March subsequent 12 months to assist the continent’s groups put together for the World Cup in Qatar, AFP realized on Thursday.
The choice to delay the qualifiers was eased when the finals, initially scheduled to be held in June and July subsequent 12 months in Ivory Coast, had been postponed to January-February 2024 in a bid to keep away from the wet season.
“The postponement of the Cup of Nations provided a chance to reschedule the remaining qualifying matches,” a doc addressed to the members of the manager committee of the CAF, which has been seen by AFP, outlined.
“It additionally makes it attainable to open the dates in September to worldwide pleasant matches for preparation for the World Cup.”
Senegal, who gained the 2022 Cup of Nations in February, Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco and Tunisia have certified for the World Cup to be staged in Qatar from November 21-December 18.
The third and fourth rounds of qualifying for the 2024 Cup of Nations will happen in March 2023, match days 5 and 6 will probably be held in June with the sixth day set for September.
The primary two rounds had been accomplished in June this 12 months.