By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde – Nigeria
Confederation of African Football (CAF) has postponed the 2022 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) Qualifiers slated to take place from June 7-15, 2021.
In a letter sent to Member Associations by CAF, it was confirmed that the qualifiers have been postponed like the men’s World Cup Qualifiers due to COVID-19 conditions and restrictions in some countries.
“CAF Organizing Committee of Women Football decided to postpone the qualifiers of the women Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco 2022,” CAF said in a statement.
“In line with the postponement of the Men World Cup Qualifiers, the reasons for the postponements were based on the actual conditions of certain stadiums in Africa and the restrictions related to COVID19,” The statement added.
The first round of the Qualifiers will now take place during FIFA windows of 18-26 October 2021, while the second round will take place from 14-23 February 2022.
“The 1st round will now take place in the FIFA window of 18 to 26 October 2021 and the second round will take place in the FIFA window of 14th to 23rd February 2022,” CAF confirmed.
Super Falcons of Nigeria’s clash with Black Queens of Ghana headlines the first round draw of Morocco 2022 AWCON Qualifiers as one of the two West African Women’s football powers will not take part in the next AWCON as well as the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.