They announced this in a news release on their website today. " "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.
Consequently, the September 2022 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire match day three and match day four qualifiers have been moved to 20-28 March 2023.
Matchday five will now be on 12-20 June 2023 while match day six will be played on 4-12 September 2023. "
This decision is the result of demands from African World Cup qualifying teams on CAF to reschedule these Africa Cup of Nations qualifying matches in September so that they could adequately play friendlies matches with World class teams around the world rather than just playing against African teams. The most vocal leading this request was Senegalese Coach Aliou Cisse, who implored CAF to give them enough time to prepare for the World Cup.
Another factor is the decision to reschedule the 2023 Afcon from June 2023 to January 2024.
The CAF statement continues, "the postponing of the Cup Nation offered a chance to rearrange the remaining qualifying matches."
"It also makes it possible to open the date in September to international friendlies for preparation for the World Cup."
This November, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, and Cameroon will represent Africa at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
This directive sets the third and fourth rounds of qualification for the 2024 Cup of Nations for March 2023, match days 5 and 6 for June, and the sixth day for September.
The first two rounds were completed in June.
The Black Stars will face Angola in March 2023, followed by Madagascar and the Central African Republic in September 2023.
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