The Emergency Committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the group stage of the African 2022 World Cup qualifiers till September.
This was made known in a statement released on CAF’s official website on Thursday.
The qualifiers were originally billed for June but due to fears of coronavirus, the continent’s football body has announced September as the set time.
“The CAF Emergency Committee, in consultation with FIFA, decided to postpone the CAF qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 that were due to be played in June 2021 after taking into consideration the current challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to ensure the optimal playing conditions for all participating teams.
“The qualifiers will now take place in the existing windows of September, October and November 2021, and March 2022.
“CAF is reassessing its protocols and processes to enhance the implementation of COVID-related protocols, including specifically focusing on pre-match testing which had been the source of some challenges in previous windows.
“Full details on the updated match schedule will be provided in due course.”
The Super Eagles are in Group C with Cape Verde, Central Africa Republic and Liberia.
The top teams in each of the 10 groups will go into a play-off to decide the five countries that will represent Africa at next year’s World Cup in Qatar.