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resume playing this October, according to CAF , with a nine-day window available for friendly matches ahead of 2022 Cup of Nations qualifiers one month later .
No international matches have been possible in the continent this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, leading to new dates for both Cup of Nations and 2022 World Cup eliminators .
Clubs have also been badly affected by the COVID -19 outbreak with the semi -finals and finals of the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup , originally set for May , yet to be played.
Here , AFP Sport updates the positions regarding the main national team and club competitions in Africa.
World Cup
The two -leg preliminary round was completed last year before the pandemic took hold, leaving 40 contenders for five places at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar .
African champions Algeria , Cameroon , the Democratic Republic of Congo , Egypt , Ghana, Mali , Morocco , Nigeria , Senegal and Tunisia are seeded to win the 10 first- round groups.
Only Mali among the 10 favourites have not qualified before and the Eagles could face strong competition from Uganda and Kenya in Group D for the single final -round place .
Dates : First round : May 31 – June 15 2021 , Aug 30 -Sept 7 , Oct 4 -12 ( all two matchdays ); play- offs : Nov 8 -16 ( two legs )
Africa Cup of Nations
Qualifying for the 2022 tournament in Cameroon will resume this November with two matchdays and be completed with two further rounds next March.
The biggest surprise during the opening two matchdays was the lacklustre form of record seven -time champions Egypt , who could only draw with Kenya and the Comoros.
Those setbacks left the Pharaohs , whose star is Liverpool sharpshooter Mohamed Salah , third in the Group G table ahead of home and away clashes with unpredictable Togo this year .
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Dates : Nov 9 -17 , Mar 22 – 30 2021 ( both two matchdays )
African Nations Championship
The biennial tournament for footballers playing in their country of birth was among the first victims of coronavirus and has been rescheduled for January in Cameroon .
Four venues in Douala , Limbe and Yaounde will host the 16 teams over 22 days with Morocco hoping to become the first nation to win back – to-back titles .
Togo will be the only debutants , having shocked 2019 runners -up Nigeria 4 – 3 on aggregate. Other casualties of regional qualifying included Ghana and the Ivory Coast.
Dates : January 2021 ( dates to be announced)
CAF Champions League
The semi – finalists come from Egypt and Morocco , the first and third most successful countries in CAF club competitions with 34 and 17 titles respectively.
After considerable tinkering , CAF decided to stage two -leg semi – finals , with the venue for the single – match final dependant on who qualifies .
A Raja Casablanca -Wydad Casablanca final will be in Morocco , an Ahly -Zamalek final in Egypt and a neutral venue will be chosen should the title decider involve a club from each nation .
Dates : Semi -finals , first legs – Sept 25 / 26 , second legs – Oct 2 / 3 ; final – single match date, venue to be announced
CAF Confederation Cup
The format for the African equivalent of the Europa League will differ from the CAF Champions League with single matches deciding both the semi -finals and the final .
Morocco will stage the ‘final four ’ tournament and two clubs from the kingdom , Renaissance Berkane and Hassania Agadir, meet at the penultimate stage.
African debutants Pyramids of Egypt are in the other semi -final against Horoya of Guinea , the only non -north African survivors in either club competition .
Dates : Semi – finals – Sept 22 ; final – Sept 27 ( all single matches hosted by Morocco )

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West Ham : David Moyes , Issa Diop & Josh Cullen Test Positive For Covid-19

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West Ham United manager David Moyes and two of the club’s players have tested positive for coronavirus.
The Premier League club were informed of the positive tests while preparing for Tuesday’s Carabao Cup tie against Hull City at London Stadium.
Moyes, 57, defender Issa Diop, 23, and 24-year-old midfielder Josh Cullen will now be required to self-isolate.
“The manager and both players immediately left the stadium and have returned home,” said a club statement.
West Ham said the three men were all asymptomatic and assistant manager Alan Irvine took charge of the Hull match, which both Diop and Cullen were due to start.
Public Health England guidelines state those with Covid-19 should self-isolate for at least 10 days, meaning Moyes, Diop and Cullen will not be able to attend training or the league game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 27 September.
BBC Radio 5 Live’s John Southall said the trio travelled to the ground with the squad in two or three separate coaches.
“They say they all social distanced, the squad, from when they met up and throughout the journey,” he said.
“As soon as they arrived, the results from the tests done yesterday came through and the two players and the manager were isolated immediately in separate rooms and left the ground very quickly, I’m told.
“West Ham say they are satisfied nobody else in the squad needs to self-isolate and that is why the game went ahead.”
The news comes after Leyton Orient v Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup third round on Tuesday was called off because a number of the home players had contracted coronavirus.
It came on the day the government announced a raft of new coronavirus restrictions for England which could last for up to six months.
As part of the stricter rules, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed plans for fans to return to watch live sport events in England from 1 October will not go ahead.
Sports bodies have been told not to expect spectators at stadiums and venues until the end of March at the earliest.

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Man City squad stretched to its limit, says Guardiola

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Pep Guardiola said his squad is stretched to the limit as Manchester City prepare to launch their League Cup defense after Monday ’ s opening Premier League win against Wolves .
City claimed an impressive 3- 1 victory at Molineux on Monday as Kevin De Bruyne , Phil Foden , and Gabriel Jesus struck in their Premier League opener.
They remain without Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Oleksandr Zinchenko , Sergio Aguero , Aymeric Laporte , and Eric Garcia while Ilkay Gundogan is self – isolating after testing positive for coronavirus .
City, who have won the League Cup for the past three seasons, start the defense of their trophy against Bournemouth on Thursday and Guardiola knows they cannot afford to lose more players.
“ All we want is the seven players that are out to come back , ” he said .
“ Now we have a competition that we cannot spend the energy that we spent today , before Leicester ( on Sunday) , so we ’ re going to play mostly academy players and try to keep the energy for the Premier League .
“ With this lack of preparation and seven players out and not coming back soon , we have to keep the players from Monday as safe as possible .
“ We will see how many are available , how they recover . We have just three days . We won the Carabao ( League ) Cup three times in a row and we would like to continue but we don’ t have the players in this period to play every three days . ”

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Djokovic wins fifth Italian Open title

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Novak Djokovic claimed a record 36 th Masters crown on Monday, beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the final of the Italian Open .
The world number one won 7 – 5 , 6 – 3 to break a tie with Spanish rival Rafael Nadal for most master titles .
For Djokovic , it was a fifth title in the warm – up clay – court tournament for next week ’ s French Open .
Nine- time Rome winner Nadal, the defending champion, fell in the quarter -finals to eighth- seed Schwartzman .

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