The 2022 World Cup qualifiers scheduled for Africa in June has been postponed due to the coronavirus and stadiums not meeting international standards.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed the schedules for the qualifying games have been postponed until September.
“The Caf Emergency Committee, in consultation with Fifa, decided to postpone the Caf qualifiers for the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 that were due to be played in June 2021 after taking into consideration the current challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and the need to ensure the optimal playing conditions for all participating teams,” the statement read.
“The qualifiers will now take place in the existing windows of September, October and November 2021, and March 2022,” it added.
Africa has been allocated five places at the 32-nation tournament in Qatar, which has been moved from its traditional mid-year setting to November and December because of extreme summer heat.
The third round will see the 10 group winners from the second round drawn into five home-and-away ties. The winners of each tie will produce Africa’s five representatives for the 2022 World Cup.