CAF Postpones Qatar 2022 June World Cup Qualifiers
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announcement the postponement of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers that were pencilled for June to September due to the Covid-19 challenges across the continent.
In a communique to its Member Associations, CAF says the qualifiers will now take place in the existing windows of September, October and November 2021 with the final round pushed to March 2022.
“The CAF Emergency 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 playing conditions for all participating teams,” reads the statement from CAF.
CAF adds, “CAF is assessing its protocols and processes to enhance the implementation of Covid-related protocols, including specifically focussing on pre-match testing which had been the source of some challenges in previous windows.”
Zambia was due to travel to Mauritania for the June 6 away encounter before hosting Tunisia on June 12.
The Chipolopolo are placed in Group B alongside Tunisia, Mauritania and Equatorial Guinea in the race for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.