The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has rescheduled the 2022 Women’s African Cup of Nations qualifier between the Super Falcons of Nigeria and Ghana to October, reports Completesports.com.
The encounter between the two perennial rivals was initially fixed for between June 7-15.
CAF cited coronavirus travel restrictions for the decision to shift the game and other qualifiers.
“Caf’s Organising 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,”reads a statement from CAF.
“The reasons for the postponements were based on the actual conditions of certain stadiums in Africa and the restrictions related to COVID19.
“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 14 to 23 February 2022.”
Eleven aggregate winners qualify to join hosts Morocco in the final tournament which will, for the first time ever, be competed by 12 teams.
The 2022 Women’s Afcon tournament – scheduled for the summer – will double as the African qualifiers to the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand.
The four countries that make the semifinals at Morocco 2022 will automatically qualify for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup while two more teams will earn slots to chase World Cup qualification via the inter-confederation play-offs.
THE NEW SCHEDULE
First Round (October 18-26, 2021):
Nigeria vs Ghana
Ghana vs Nigeria
Second Round (February 14-23, 2022):
Ghana/Nigeria vs Niger/Cote d’Ivoire
Niger/Cote d’Ivoire vs Ghana/Nigeria