Latest FIFA Rankings paint picture for World Cup draw

Latest FIFA Rankings paint picture for World Cup draw
The FIFA World Cup trophy

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Dec 19, 2019. 14:00

The release of the FIFA World Rankings for December 2019 on Thursday has also finalized the seedings for the 2022 World Cup qualifying draw for the CAF region to take place in Cairo on January 21.

The 40 remaining teams in the competition can now be placed into their seeding pots based on the December ranking, which showed very little change from the previous month.

The teams will be drawn into 10 groups each containing four sides, with the pool winners advancing to a knockout round where they will play an opponent over two legs to determine the five teams to play in Qatar.

Here are the four pots based on the latest rankings:

Pot 1: Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Mali, DR Congo

Pot 2: Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Guinea, Uganda, Cape Verde, Gabon, Benin, Zambia and Congo-Brazzaville

Pot 3: Madagascar, Mauritania, Libya, Mozambique, Kenya, Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Niger, Namibia, Guinea-Bissau

Pot 4: Malawi, Angola, Togo, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Djibouti

It gives the respective teams a glimpse of who they might get, but also who they will definitely avoid.

Heavyweights such as Ivory Coast and South Africa are guaranteed to meet a top-ranked side, but know they will avoid each other.

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