Confederation of African Football, CAF, has once again pushed the start of the African group stage qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, its official.
The Qualifiers were to kick off in June, having been been shifted from October last year.
The African football ruling body has decided to reschedule the qualifiers to kick off in September 2021.
The rest of the games will be played in the exisiting window of October, November this year and March 2022.
CAF has communicated that the development comes due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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 Covid19 pandemic, and the need to ensure the optimal playing conditions for all participating teams, reads a statement in part.
“CAF is reassessing its protocols and processes to enhance the implementation of Covid19 protocols, including specifically focusing on pre match testing which had been the source of challenges in previous window.”
The development is a sigh of relief for most countries including Uganda who are yet to appoint the new National team coach.
Uganda had only one ground – St Mary’s stadium Kitende (artificial turf) – approved to host the World Cup Qualifiers – and will be hoping that Namboole can be approved in due course.
Uganda Cranes are in Group E alongside Mali, Rwanda and Kenya.