AFCON 2021: Qualifiers To Resume In November
The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) announced on Tuesday the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, which had been postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, will resume this November.
The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) announced on Tuesday that the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, which had been postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, will resume this November.
CAF confirmed the resumption of remaining fixtures in a statement sent to media houses following its emergency committee meetings.
“The CAF Emergency Committee has approved the resumption date for qualifiers of the Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021,” read part of the statement.
“A busy schedule awaits the participating teams with double-headers from November 2020 through to November 2021 in the battle for spots to the final tournament.
“The schedules for the competition have had to be revised in light of the COVID-19 outbreak which halted many sporting activities across the continent and beyond for some time.
“Cameroon 2021 qualifiers will resume on 9-17 November 2020 with the Day 3 & 4 matches whilst the penultimate and ultimate matches take place on 22-30 March 2021,” reads part of the statement.
“Meanwhile, CAF is monitoring the situation closely and working with the relevant authorities with regards to hosting of the matches, and will make pronouncements accordingly in the event of developments that will affect playing a match at the designated venue.”
CAF on Wednesday afternoon also made an official statement regarding the issue on its website.
The African football governing body also confirmed that in consultation with FIFA, the group matches stages of Qatar World Cup will commence between 31 May and 15 June 2021 with Matchday 1 and Matchday 2 fixtures.
From 30 August till 7 September, the Matchday 3 and Matchday 4 clashes are expected to take place with Matchday 5 and Matchday 6 fixed for 4-12 October 2021.