The African qualifiers for Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers which was meant to commence in June 2021, will not go down as scheduled after the governing body of African football, CAF has announced it has been postponed due to the current challenges caused by Covid-19 pandemic.
The qualifying round of ten groups which will see the top teams from each groups paired amongst each other for the final playoffs which will present the continent World cup representative will now begin in September 2021.
CAF in its official press release dated 6th May 2021 reads “The CAF emergency committee in consultation with FIFA have decided to postpone the CAF qualifiers for the FIFA World cup Qatar 2022 that where made to be played in June 2021 after taken into consideration the current challenges caused by the Covid19 pandemic and the need to ensure optimal playing ground for all participating teams.
‘The qualifiers will now take place in the existing windows of September, October, November 2021 and March 2022.
‘CAF is releasing it’s protocol and process in enhance the implementations of Covid related protocol including specifically focusing on pre-match testing which has been source of some challenges in previous windows.
The Super Eagles have been grouped alongside Cape Verde, Liberia and Central African Republic in group C.