2022 World Cup: Preliminary draw for Africa announced

FIFA World Cup trophy

Just ten days after Algeria triumphed at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2019, the continent staged its draw for the first round of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, held in Cairo, Egypt.

Only 28 of the continent’s teams – those ranked lowest in July’s edition of the FIFA World Ranking – were involved in the draw.

Those sides were paired off for home-and-away knockout fixtures – to be played between 2nd and 10th of September.

The 14 winners will join the continent’s top-ranked 26 sides, who have been exempted from the initial round of qualifiers. Those 40 teams will then be split into ten groups of four for the second qualifying round.

The ten winners of those groups will then be drawn against each other in home-and-away fixtures, with the five victors advancing to Qatar 2022.

Confederation of African Football (CAF) logo

2022 Qatar World Cup preliminary round draw for Africa:

Ethiopia v Lesotho
Somalia v Zimbabwe
Eritrea v Namibia
Burundi v Tanzania
Djibouti v Eswatini
Botswana v Malawi
The Gambia v Angola
Liberia v Sierra Leone
Mauritius v Mozambique
Sao Tome & Principe v Guinea-Bissau
South Sudan v Equatorial Guinea
Comoros v Togo
Chad v Sudan
Seychelles v Rwanda


Chidi Nwoke.