REPORTS: CAF postpones September Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the September qualifying matches for the  2023Africa Cup of Nations.

The matches will not come off this September as it has been pushed to March next year.

This decision by CAF to postpone the matches is to help the continent’s teams prepare for the World Cup in Qatar.

“The postponement of the Cup of Nations offered an opportunity to reschedule the remaining qualifying matches,” a document addressed to the members of the executive committee of the CAF said.

“It also makes it possible to open the dates in September to international friendly matches for preparation for the World Cup.”

Senegal, who won the 2022 Cup of Nations in February, Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco and Tunisia have qualified for the World Cup to be staged in Qatar from 21 November to 18 December.

The third and fourth rounds of qualifying for the 2024 Cup of Nations will take place in March 2023, match days five and six will be held in June with the sixth day set for September.

The first two rounds were completed in June this year.