CAF to complete qualifiers by November


The Confederation of African Football (Caf) will hope to wrap up the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifying process by the end of November this year.

Following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, Africa’s football calendar has been brought to a standstill.

After two games played in November last year, the qualifying schedule to host in Cameroon in 2021 was to continue late March but the pandemic set in, forcing Caf to announce an indefinite postponement.

With four qualifying matches left the continent football governing body hopes to use the three international breaks left in the year – September, October and November – to complete the qualifiers.

Caf General Secretary Abdel Mounaim Bah, in an interview with Cameroonian outfit CRTV said: “We have four qualifiers left which can be played in the next three international windows.

“With two games per window, we can conclude the qualifying process by November.”

It is unclear the decision on the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers, which were also scheduled to begin in the October Fifa international break with match-day two of that qualifying series slated for November 2020.

Meanwhile, the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations is currently scheduled for Cameroon from January 9 to February 6.