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Africa’s World Cup and Nations Cup qualifying dates changed

The Confederation of African Football has changed the dates of qualifying for the Nations Cup and the World Cup

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) has rearranged the continent’s qualifying campaigns for the 2022 World Cup and the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

The move follows Wednesday’s decision to move the 2021 Nations Cup in Cameroon from June-July to January-February.

Nations Cup qualifiers had been due to begin in August but will now start in March.

Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup have been postponed to October to accommodate the change.

Two rounds of Nations Cup qualifiers will be staged in March, with one round in June prior to the final qualifying period from 31 August-8 September.

Once the 24 teams for next year’s Nations Cup has been determined, World Cup qualifying will get underway in October – with another round following the next month.

The draw for the group stage of the 2022 World Cup qualifying is set to take place on 21 January.

On Wednesday it was decided that the Nations Cup will begin on 9 January due to the adverse weather conditions in Cameroon in June and July, when there is likely to be more humidity and rainfall.

The change back to a January start for the Nations Cup means that the tournament will not clash the expanded Club World Cup, being held in China in June 2021.

The old and new dates are reflected above in a document sent around by Caf

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