After several months of uncertainty that has shrouded Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations double-header clashes against Guinea Bissau, the Confederation of African Football on Sunday confirmed that the games between the two countries have been postponed, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
The second phase of the AFCON qualifiers was originally scheduled for September, but it suffered a postponement with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar holding for the first time in the latter part of the year, between November and December.
According to a statement released by the African body, matchdays three and four that were scheduled for September have now been pushed to March 2023 to allow African teams that have qualified for the 2022 World Cup to prepare adequately.
“The Confederation of African Football Executive Committee has approved a revised Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 revised qualification calendar,” read part of the statement on CAF’s official website.
“This was necessitated by the Executive Committee’s commitment to making room for the African nations that have qualified for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in November/ December 2022 to prepare adequately.”
The statement continued: “Consequently, the September 2022 Africa Cup of Nations match day three and match day four qualifiers have been moved to March 20-28, 2023.
“Match-day five will now be on June 12-20, 2023 while match day six will be played on September 4-12, 2023.”