African countries are gearing up for a return to international football in October but with many borders throughout the continent still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic most teams are headed to Europe to play.
Cameroon are travelling to the Netherlands, Guinea to Portugal, while the Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Tunisia head to Austria where it is easier for them to assemble squads because they are mostly made up of European-based players.
The next FIFA window for international football, from Oct. 5 to Oct. 13, is the first opportunity for African national teams to play since last November.
The pandemic saw international football cancelled for all except European countries this month.
And uncertainty over travel around Africa led the Confederation of African Football to put back the resumption of official competition to November.
Next month’s window will allow African countries to play much needed friendlies to prepare for upcoming qualifiers for both the next…
Source: Vanguard Newspaper