The Confederation of African Football has conducted the pairing of the teams for the preliminary round of the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers this morning in Cairo.
Today’s pairings have brought fought some exciting fixtures.
The draw was based on the FIFA a ranking published in June 2019, the confederation’s 26 top-ranked teams have been excluded from this preliminary round.
In the preliminary rounds, the 28 teams will be paired to compete over two legs,with 14 higher ranked teams playing the first legs away to their lower ranked opponents
2019 AFCON participants face Tanzania in an East Africa derby, while Liberia clashes with Sierra Leone in another top game.
The full pairings:
Ethiopia vs Lesotho
Somalia vs Zimbabwe
Eritrea vs Namibia
Djibouti vs Eswatini
Equatorial Guinea vs
Chad vs Sudan
Liberia vs Sierra Leone
Gambia vs Angola
Mauritius Islands vs Mozambique
Sao Tome & Princepe vs Guinea-Bissau
South Sudan Vs Equatorial Guinea
Seychelles vs Rwandan
Comoros vs Togo
Botswana vs Malawi
Burundi vs Tanzania
The priliminary match schedule are as follows;
Day 1: 23-31 March 2020
Day 2: 1-9 June 2020
Day 3 & 4: 22-30 March 2021
Day 5: 30 August – 7 September 2021
Day 6: 4-12 October 2021
The 14 winners will join the 26 Nations to be divided into 10 groups of four teams each.
At the end of the group stage, the ten group winners will be paired, based on ranking, to compete in a two-legged play-off round, with 5 higher ranked teams playing the first legs away.
3rd. Playoff schedule: 8-16 November 2021 (both legs)
The 5 winners teams will represent Africa at the Fifa World Cup to be hosted by Qatar in 2022.
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Egypt,Nigeria,Tunisia,Senegal and Morocco represented the continent at the last event in Russia.
Africa was hoping the proposal to expand the 2022 World Cup come pass so as give the continent more places in the global event but the idea wasn’t adopted for the next World so the number participants stay at 32 nations with Africa to put in 5 representatives obtained through this Qualifiers.
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