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Afcon qualifiers postponed to allow for World Cup preparation

The next round of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in September have been postponed to allow Africa’s five World Cup participants the opportunity for better preparatory matches before the tournament in Qatar, the Confederation of African Football, Caf, said on Sunday.

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse was among the more vocal critics of the fixtures, which meant his country would have had to play two Cup of Nations qualifiers, home and away against Mozambique, in the final window of opportunity in September when they wanted to play against opposition from other continents ahead of the World Cup.

Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco and Tunisia are the other African teams who will be playing at the World Cup finals.

The Nations Cup qualifiers, which started with two rounds of matches in June, still have four rounds remaining.

CAF said match day three and match day four qualifiers have been moved to March 20-28 next year, the fifth round to June 12-20 2023 while match day six will be played on Sept. 4-12 2023.

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