May 11, 2021

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Qualifications (again) exposed in Africa

The African Football Confederation will announce a further postponement of the 2022 World Cup. Explanations.

The African Football Confederation is preparing to readjust the schedule for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Scheduled for next June, the first two days of the group stage will be postponed to September. The decision has been made. Football365 Africa learned on Tuesday night that several federations are already planning friendly matches for the FIFA window in June, which should have been the start of the ten qualifying pools.

The new schedule would be as follows: the first two days would take place in September, the next two in October and finally the last two in November. As for the dams, they would take place in March 2022, a few weeks after the CAN, which Cameroon will host at the beginning of the year.

A major stadium audit

Why this new “shift” in the calendar, when the first round was played in September 2019, and the group game was originally supposed to start in October … 2020? The reason can be found in the many suspensions on earth that were pronounced by CAF after a comprehensive review of sports arenas on the continent. About twenty countries, and not least (Senegal – pictured Léopold Sédar Senghor Stadium, suspended – and Mali in the lead), find themselves to date deprived of the opportunity to receive on their land.

Enough to justify this new deadline, which could be used to bring the incriminated stadiums up to standard. It remains to be seen when the CAF will officially announce the decision. “The emergency committee validated the decision on Monday, we are awaiting validation by the executive committee (its next meeting is scheduled for May 15, editor’s note),” a federation president said Tuesday, quoted by AFP.

With Foot365