The Confederation of African Football have announced this Wednesday that the draw for African Nations to enter the race for 5 African spots available for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will take place on the 27th of July 2019 at the CAF headquarters in Cairo from midday.

The event will see the pairing of Nations for home and away matches as different African nations scramble for the limited slots allocated to the continent by the World governing body FIFA.

All participating nations are expected to send a representative for the event.


The draw is expected to be based on the FIFA a ranking published in June 2019, the confederation’s 26 top-ranked teams excluded from playing in the preliminary round.

For the preliminary round, 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.

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.

The 5 winners teams will represent Africa at the Fifa World Cup to be hosted by Qatar in 2022.

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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