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Published On: Thu, Apr 9th, 2020

Nigeria/Benin 2021 AFCON qualifier postponed over COVID-19

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The second matchday 5 of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON qualifier between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Benin’s Squirrels scheduled for June this year has been postponed sine die.
The Football governing body has announced that scheduled matches for the next international break have been postponed indefinitely due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic which has disrupted all sporting activities.
The Super Eagles, who are to face Benin in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations second leg qualifier, will have to wait for a new date to be decided following the announcement by the world football governing body.
The team’s doubleheader clash against Sierra Leone earlier scheduled for March 27 in Asaba, Delta State and the return leg at the Siaka Stevens Stadium, in Freetown was postponed by CAF also due to the pandemic.
The FIFA-Confederations working group which was recently established by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic unanimously approved a series of recommendations following its first meeting, which was organised via conference call on Friday.
FIFA released on their website the recommendations of the working group, which included the postponement of all matches in June.
It said, “The committee recommended the postponement of all international matches due to be played during the upcoming June 2020 window.
“FIFA is also working to organise bilateral discussions with confederations concerning 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in order to finalise.”
Matches of the 2022 World Cup could also be postponed.

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