CAF have released a statement revealing that the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying matches have been postponed to next year.

The 2023 AFCON was set to kick off in January of next year but CAF announced earlier in July that the tournament start date will be postponed.

The competition has been confirmed to be delayed by six months and will now take place in the summer of 2023 due to weather concerns.

Qualifying matches already began in the March international break as Egypt were drawn into Group D alongside Guinea, Malawi, and Ethiopia.

Despite a winning start against Naby Keita’s Guinea, Egypt fell to an embarrassing 2-0 defeat against Ethiopia days later.

The Pharaohs now sit bottom of their group on goal difference with all teams sharing a three-point tally after two games.

As games were set to resume in September this year, CAF revealed that qualifying games have now been postponed to March of next year to allow African teams to prepare for the 2022 World Cup.

“This [rescheduling] was necessitated by the Executive Committee’s commitment to make room for the African nations that have qualified for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in November/ December 2022 to prepare adequately,” CAF said in a statement.

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


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