The Confederation of African football in an emergency meeting and consultation with FIFA has indicated the postponement of the group stages of Qatar 2022 World cup to September.

“Fifa can confirm that in conjunction with Caf and taking into consideration the current disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the need to ensure optimal playing conditions for all teams, it has been decided to postpone the African qualifiers for the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 that were due to be played in June 2021,” football’s world governing body posted on its website.

“The qualifiers are now scheduled to take place in the existing windows of September, October and November 2021, and March 2022.”

The qualifiers will now take place in the existing windows of September, October and November 2021, and March 2022.

CAF is reassessing its protocols and processes to enhance the implementation of COVID-related protocols, including specifically focusing on pre-match testing which had been the source of some challenges in previous windows.

A total of 40 African nations are bidding for one of five places for the continent at the finals in Qatar.

The teams haven been drawn into 10 groups of four nations with only the pool winners progressing to a final play-off phase to decide the teams going to Qatar.

This takes Black Stars game against Ethiopia on June 4 and South Africa June 12 will now happen in September