Today, Thursday, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided to postpone the matches of the third and fourth rounds of the African Cup of Nations qualifiers, scheduled for next September, to March 2023.
This decision allows the continental teams that qualified for the World Cup final in Qatar later this year (Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana) to play their global wedding preparation matches as previously requested.
The Africa Cup of Nations was scheduled for next June in Ivory Coast but was pushed back to January 2024 due to Ivory Coast’s rainy season during the summer months.
Agence France-Presse reported that the Confederation of African Football sent a document to members of its executive committee stating: “The postponement of the African Cup of Nations provided an opportunity to reschedule the remaining qualifying matches.”
It also allowed “to open FIFA dates in September for international friendlies in preparation for the World Cup”.
Matches of the fifth and sixth rounds, scheduled for March, have been postponed to the period from June 12 to 20 for the fifth round and to the period from September 4 to 12 for the last sixth round.
The first and second rounds were held in June last year.