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World Cup 2022: Draw for the first round of the African qualifiers held

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Just ten days after Algeria triumphed at the Caf Africa Cup of Nations 2019 in Egypt, Caf staged the draw for the first round of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Only 28 of the continent’s teams – those ranked lowest in July’s edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking – were involved in the draw. The sides will play home-and-away knockout fixtures.

The teams involved in the first qualifying round were: Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Seychelles, Sao Tome, Chad, South Sudan, Gambia, Mauritius, Liberia, Ethiopia, Comoros, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Togo, Malawi, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Central African Republic and Tanzania.

The 14 winners will join the continent’s top-ranked 26 sides, who have been exempted from the initial round of qualifiers.

The 40 teams will then be split into ten groups of four for the second qualifying round.

The details for group stage draw will be communicated later. However, the matches will kick off in March 2020.

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.

The Qatar World cup will be played from 21st November to 18th December 2022.

The 14 ties of Caf’s first qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup: The games will played between 2nd and 10th September.

Ethiopia vs Lesotho

Somalia vs Zimbabwe

Eritrea vs Namibia

Burundi vs Tanzania

Djibouti vs Eswatini

Botswana vs Malawi

Gambia vs Angola

Liberia vs Sierra Leone

Mauritius vs Mozambique

Sao Tome e Principe vs Guinea-Bissau

South Sudan vs Equatorial Guinea

Comoros Islands vs Togo

Chad vs Sudan

Seychelles vs Rwanda

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