The group phase of the Africa’s World Cup qualifiers that were due to start in June will now begin in September, the second time they have been postponed, the Confederation of African Football confirmed on Thursday.
CAF said in a statement that the decision was made in conjunction with FIFA “taking into consideration the current disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure optimal playing conditions for all teams.”
The qualifiers were scheduled to begin in early June, having already been postponed from October last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But CAF this week issued a list of approved stadiums for the first two rounds of qualifiers, which left a quarter of the 40 teams competing for places in Qatar 2022 without a venue to play their home matches.
Those affected include Senegal,…