2022 W/Cup Qualifier: CAF To Hold Discussions With FIFA Over Qualifiers
By Sampson Adedeji
Following the shift in 2021 African Cup Of Nations qualifiers from March till October due to the outbreak of Corona virus, the Confederation of African Football ( CAF) has decided to hold discussion with FIFA Over a possible change 2022 World Cup qualifier.
The 2022 World Cup qualifier is slated to start later in the year, with team already in the group and the group winner moving straight into the final round of the qualifier, BSN Reports.
CAF president Ahmad Ahmad further confirmed that CHAN 2020 which has been suspended indefinitely will not take place during mid year due to Cameroon weather conditions,
First, the medical committee at CAF made its analyzes and, more generally, we follow the instructions of the World Health Organization (WHO). We decided to postpone the qualifying matches for CAN 2021, scheduled At the end of March, federations asked us to do so and, in any case, with the suspension of numerous air links, African players confined to Europe, this decision was self-evident. We will wait for the rest to know when we will be played days three and four of the competition.
“The fifth day was scheduled for June, it is still too early to decide if it will take place, but we still have dates in September, October and November, even if it means postponing the first day of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup, scheduled precisely in November. We will discuss it with FIFA, which seems open to the various adjustments to the calendar. As I speak, the final phase of CAN 2021 is still scheduled for next January and February ” , -he adds.
“Regarding the African Nations Championship (CHAN 2020), initially planned for Cameroon from April 4 to 25, and which has been postponed, the President of CAF considered that it is too early to decide when in 2020 or 2021. The only thing that seems obvious is that the CHAN will not be able to take place in Cameroon in June and July, due to the weather conditions , “he continued.
“As for a possible postponement of the semi-finals and final of the Champions League and the Confederation Cup originally scheduled for May, Ahmad Ahmad said that CAF will adapt according to the health situation.” If We have to change the calendar, we will do it. Every day or almost, I have discussions with the general secretariat of CAF, with the federations. In any case, we will know how to adapt, ” he concluded.