The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed that it will move next year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers ,originally set for March, to allow the continent’s 2018 World Cup representatives to play friendly matches in build-up for Russia 2018.
Nigeria’s Kelechi Iheanacho (14) celebrates with teammates after scoring the team’s first goal during an international friendly football match between Argentina and Nigeria in Krasnodar on November 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO The AFCON qualifiers will  be moved to October, freeing space for Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco to schedule friendly matches during the March international break.
The five nations were confirmed as Africa’s representatives last  week with the Teranga Lions booking their return to the world stage for the first time in 16 years.

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