The Super Eagles will no longer begin their Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying series as earlier scheduled in June,
According to a statement by the world football governing body FIFA, it had been made to push forward Africa’s Qatar 2022 matches due to the effect of the coronavirus on the continent.
The statement reads: “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, 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 were scheduled to begin in early June, having already been postponed from October last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr was also expected to release his list of 50 players to use during these qualifiers for the race to Qatar 2022.
Nigeria is in the same preliminary group with Liberia, Cape Verde and Central African Republic.
Countries that were affected include Senegal, which competed at the last World Cup in Russia in 2018, and Mali, who were among the top-seeded teams for the preliminaries.
Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Niger and Sierra Leone have all also been affected.
The Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos to host Super Eagles games of the qualifiers was given all- clear as the rate of Covid-19 infectious was under considerable control in the country.
There has also been concern over travel restrictions placed on players coming from Europe, many of whom had to sit out March’s final round of qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations due to some host countries being on the ‘red lists’ of European nations due to the pandemic.