CAF reveals new dates for Nations Cup, World Cup qualifiers

Ahram Online , Wednesday 19 Aug 2020

The Africa Cup of Nations trophy. : AFP.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) said on Wednesday the Nations Cup qualifiers will resume in November following a lengthy stoppage, with the World Cup qualifiers starting in May 2021.

The coronavirus pandemic forced CAF to put on hold the Nations Cup qualifying games and postpone the tournament itself, which will now take place in Cameroon in January 2022.

"The schedules for the two competitions have had to be revised in light of the COVID-19 outbreak which halted many sporting activities across the continent and beyond for some time," the African governing body said in a statement.

CAF said the Nations Cup qualifiers will resume on 9-17 November and is scheduled to be completed in March next year.

The top two teams in each of the 12 groups will advance to the Cameroon finals. Egypt sit third in Group G with two points following opening draws with Kenya and Comoros.

The group stage of the World Cup qualifiers will start on 31 May next year, with the final play-off round scheduled to take place in November 2021.

The winners of the 10 groups will advance to the playoff, to be played over two legs to determine Africa's five representatives at the Qatar finals.

Egypt, who made the last of their three World Cup appearances in the previous edition in Russia, were drawn with Gabon, Libya and Angola in Group F.

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