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CAF makes changes to AFCON23 qualifying fixtures

The change is to make room for African nations that have qualified for the Qatar 2022 World Cup to prepare adequately.
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THE Confederation of African Football (CAF) has made some changes to the AFCON23 qualifying fixtures, pushing matchdays 3 and 4 to next year, 2023.

Initially, matchday 3 and 4 were scheduled to take place in September 2022, but with this change, it has been moved to 2023 to enable African teams who have qualified for the world cup set to take place in November 2022, 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," reads part of the statement on CAF's official website.

Explaining the reason for the adjustment, the statement continues, "This was necessitated by the Executive Committee’s commitment to make room for the African nations that have qualified for the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 in November/ December 2022 to prepare adequately.

 "Consequently, the September 2022 Africa Cup of Nations match day three and match day four qualifiers have been moved to March 20-28, 2023. Matchday five will now be on June 12-20, 2023 while match day six will be played on September 4-12, 2023."

This change now means that the matches of the Super Eagles of Nigeria against Guinea Bissau scheduled to take place in September 2022, would now hold in March 2023.