AFCON QUALIFIES 2021: Black Stars to entertain Sudan in November

The Black Stars of Ghana will be battling with Sudan in November for the AFCON 2021 qualifiers to be hosted in Cameroon. 

The senior national soccer team were to start with the Sudanese counterparts in a doubleheader game in March but due to the COVID-19 pandemic the fixtures had to be postponed. 

However, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) have today announced that the long awaited international games is set to unfold once more, with matchday 3 & 4 which were postponed will be set to kickstart in November. 

The Black Stars are in Group C of the qualifiers alongside South Africa, São Tomé and Príncipe, and Sudan. 

Below is the official statement from CAF

The CAF Emergency Committee has approved the resumption date for qualifiers of the Total Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 and the group stage of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

A busy schedule awaits the participating teams with double-headers from November 2020 through to November 2021 in the battle for spots to the final tournament of the two competitions.

The schedules for the two competitions have had to be revised in light of the COVID-19 outbreak which halted many sporting activities across the continent and beyond for some time.

For Cameroon 2021, the qualifiers resume on 9-17 November 2020 with the Day 3 & 4 matches whilst the penultimate and ultimate matches take place on 22-30 March 2021.

The 40 teams in contention for the five slots for Qatar 2022 will commence the journey between 31 May and 15 June 2021 with the Day 1 & 2 matches. From 30 August till 7 September, the Day 3 & 4 matches are expected to take place with Day 5 & 6 matches fixed for 4-12 October 2021.

The Playoff matches have been scheduled for 8-16 November 2021.

Meanwhile, CAF is monitoring the situation closely and working with the relevant authorities with regards to hosting of the matches, and will make pronouncements accordingly in the event of developments that will affect playing a match at the designated venue.

By Derrick Ayim

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