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CAF postpones AFCON 2023 qualifiers for World Cup preparation

BY: Kweku Zurek
Black Stars coach Otto Addo will use the September window to prepare his team for the World Cup in Qatar
Black Stars coach Otto Addo will use the September window to prepare his team for the World Cup in Qatar

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the next round of qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cote d’Ivoire next year to allow the continent's five World Cup representatives the opportunity for better preparations before the tournament in Qatar.

Consequently, the September 2022 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire match day three and match day four qualifiers have been moved to March 20-28, 2023.

CAF in a statement said matchday five will now be on June 12-20, 2023, while match day six will be played on September4-12, 2023.

The decision, which comes after CAF postponed the 34th AFCON edition in Cote d'Ivoire to January 2024, will affect the Black Stars of Ghana who will represent Africa at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Ghana was due to face Angola in a double-header in September but both games have been postponed.

Ghana is pooled in Group E of the qualifiers and tied on four points with Angola but top on goal difference.