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Africa Begin Race To Qatar 2022

The race to Qatar 2022 has officially kicked off in Africa, following the draw made in Cairo on Monday.

Barely ten days after the continent crowned its new football champion, plans have begun in earnest as eyes have now turned to the World Cup, which is to hold in beautiful country of Qatar.

Qualification

Only 28 teams across Africa, those ranked lowest in July’s edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, were involved in the draw in Egypt.

All 28 teams have been paired for both home and away fixtures to be played between September 2 and September 10, 2019.

The 14 winners from the draw will join the continent’s top ranked 26 teams, who were exempted from the initial draw. All 40 teams will then be split into ten groups of four countries for the second round of qualifiers.

In the third and final round of the qualifiers, the 10 successful winners will be paired with each other in home-and-away fixtures to decide Africa’s five representatives at the world cup.

28 Low Ranked Teams

Preliminary Round – FIFA

Ethiopia v Lesotho

Somalia v Zimbabwe

Eritrea v Namibia

Burundi v Tanzania

Djibouti v eSwatini (formerly Swaziland)

Botswana v Malawi

Gambia v Angola

Liberia v Sierra Leone

Mauritius v Mozambique

Sao Tome e Principe v Guinea-Bissau

South Sudan v Equatorial Guinea

Comoros v Togo

Chad v Sudan

Seychelles v Rwanda

26 Top Ranked Teams

Algeria

Nigeria

Senegal

Tunisia

Morocco

Egypt

Ghana

Cameroon

Democratic Republic of Congo

Ivory Coast

Mali

Burkina Faso

South Africa

Guinea

Cape Verde

Uganda

Zambia

Benin

Gabon

Congo Brazzaville

Madagascar

Niger

Libya

Mauritania

Kenya

Central African Republic

Sources:

FIFA

Punch NG

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