The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has released an official statement postponing the 2022 Africa Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) qualifiers. Africa’s football governing body explained that the decision was taken because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers were scheduled to be held between the 7th of June and the 17th of the same month. CAF, however, announced the postponement in a statement sent to general secretaries of all association members on Monday.
The statement explained that the AWCON was postponed over issues concerning travel restrictions in some countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has caused a lot of changes in the football world since 2020.
CAF has now disclosed that the first play-off will now take place during FIFA windows from October 18-26, 2021 while the second-round qualifiers were shifted to February 14-23, 2022.
“CAF Organizing Committee of Women Football decided to postpone the qualifiers of the Women Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco 2022 In line with the postponement of the Men World Cup qualifiers,” the statement read.
“The reasons for the postponements were based on the actual conditions of certain stadiums in Africa and the restrictions related to COVID-19.”
The first play-off will now take place during FIFA windows from October 18-26, 2021 while the second-round qualifiers were shifted to February 14-23, 2022., the statement concluded.
The Super Falcons are Africa’s most successful international women’s football team, winning a record eleven Africa Women Cup of Nations titles, with their most recent title in 2018. Nigeria was paired to face Ghana in the first play-off round of qualifiers.