2022 FIFA World Cup African Qualifiers Postponed over covid19 challenges

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has today announced that the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar qualifiers for Africa have been postponed.

According to CAF, the decision was made in consultation with the World Football governing body as a result of taking into consideration challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The CAF Emergence 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 conditions for all participating teams,” reads part of the communication.

According to CAF the qualifiers will now take place in the existing windows of September, October and November 2021 and March 2022. 

CAF says it is reassessing its protocols and processes to enhance the implementation of COVID- related protocols, including specifically focusing on pre-match testing which had been the source of some challenges in previous windows

Uganda Cranes were meant to face Kenya away in Nairobi in their opening Group E match before hosting Mali.

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