The third and final round of fixtures for the U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers have been changed to a later date.
Having been originally scheduled to take place between 3 and 11 June 2019, the fixtures have now been moved to September 2-10 2019.
As reported on CAF’s official website, the decision, which was suggested by the CAF Executive Committee, was motivated by the closeness of the games to the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt which holds from 21 June to 19 July.
Affected by the rescheduling were the trio of Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa, who were set to play Sudan, Algeria and Zimbabwe respectively in two-legged affairs.
The Dream Team didn’t participate in the first round, but roared back from a 2-0 first-leg defeat in Libya to progress past the second round 4-2 on aggregate.
The Black Meteors picked up a 5-2 aggregate success against West African neighbours Togo in round one, before seeing off Gabon 4-0 on aggregate in round two.
Amaglug-glug didn’t take part in the opening round, but thrashed Angola 6-1 after both legs in the second round.
As noted by CAF, the seven winners after two legs will join hosts Egypt for the final tournament scheduled for 8-22 November 2019, where the top three finishers will represent the continent at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The fixtures for the third round include:
- South Africa vs. Zimbabwe
- Zambia vs. Congo
- Ghana vs. Algeria
- Cameroon vs. Tunisia
- Cote d’Ivoire vs. Guinea
- Sudan vs. Nigeria
- Morocco vs. Mali