The 2022 CAF Women’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers have been postponed to October, CAF has confirmed.
In a letter sent to ZIFA and other member associations, CAF said the postponement was based on similar reasons that delayed the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in June.
The qualifiers were put on hold because of the condition of several stadiums across the continent and travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. CAF said:
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.
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.
Zimbabwe’s senior women’s football team, the Mighty Warriors were supposed to play Eswatini in the first round of the qualifiers next month and had already started the preparations.
However, the postponement could be a blessing in disguise as it will help the Mighty Warriors adequately prepare for the game after spending several months without playing football due to the pandemic.
They missed a chance to play a friendly game against South Africa last month after facing logistical issues.