Confederation of African Football (CAF) have announced new dates for the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers which had earlier been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles will now play Sierra Leone home and away between November 9 and 17.
The changes in dates for the AFCON qualifiers were approved during CAF’s Emergency Committee meeting on Wednesday.
CAF also approved new dates for the group stage of the qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022.
It is going to be a busy period in Africa as national teams battle for spots in AFCON and FIFA World Cup.
For AFCON 2021, the qualifiers resume from November 9 to 17 with the Day 3 & 4 matches whilst the penultimate and ultimate matches take place from March 22 to 30, 2021.
The 40 teams in contention for the five slots for Qatar 2022 will commence the journey between May 31 and June 15, 2021, with the Day 1 & 2 matches.
From August 30 till September 7, 2021, the Day 3 & 4 matches are expected to take place with Day 5 & 6 matches fixed for October 4 to 12, 2021.
The Playoff matches have been scheduled for November 8 to 16, 2021.
Meanwhile CAF will be monitoring situations and make some amendments if needed.
For Cameroon 2021, Nigeria leads Group L with six points from two games.