EXCLUSIVE: CAF postpones September’s 2023 AFCON qualifiers; new dates announced

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the September 2023 TotalEnergies African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers, MahamaShaibu.com can exclusively report.

CAF earlier this month announced that it has decided to postpone the 2023 AFCON to be played in Cote D’Ivoire in June and July 2023 to January and February 2024.

According to CAF President Dr. Motsepe, the competition was postponed due to adverse weather conditions in the Western African nation and after also having received further technical opinion from experts on adverse effects of staging the matches in June and July.

Following the decision, CAF has postponed the qualifying games of the competition which were scheduled to take place in September.

The reason for the postponement is to give African teams to play in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year a chance to prepare adequately for the competition by playing friendly games. 

The September qualifiers for the AFCON will now be moved to March 2023 and the remaining qualifying games to June and July 2023.

Africa will be presented at the World Cup by Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, Algeria and Tunisia. 

Senegal is pitted in Group A with Netherlands, Qatar and Ecuador. Tunisia is in Group D with holders France, Denmark and Australia. Morocco in Group F beside Belgium, Canada and Croatia.

Cameroon is paired in Group G with Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland and Ghana is in Group H with Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea.

The World Cup will be played from November 21 to December 18.

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