Tuesday Jan 21, 2020. 19:56
The group stage draw for Africa’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers was held on Tuesday evening in Cairo, with the event throwing up some thrilling match-ups.
The pick of the bunch is Group D, which features two heavyweights in Cameroon and Ivory Coast, as well as Mozambique and Malawi.
Top-ranked side Senegal have been placed in Group H alongside Congo, Namibia and Togo, while reigning Africa Cup of Nations champions Algeria will face Burkina Faso, Niger and Djibouti in Group A.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are in Group C with Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic and Liberia, while Egypt’s Pharaohs have Gabon, Libya and Angola for company in Group F.
Ghana and South Africa, who are paired together in the 2021 AFCON qualifiers, will face off again in Group G along with Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.
In each group, the teams will play each other home and away in a mini-league format. The 10 group winners will progress to the third and final round, which will feature five two-legged playoff ties. The five winners of these playoffs qualify for Qatar 2022.
The group phase will begin in March 2020 and run until October 2021, with the playoff round in November 2021.
DRAW DONE ✅
1⃣2⃣0⃣ matches to be played before the next stage of the #WCQ ⚽
— CAF (@CAF_Online) January 21, 2020
Africa’s World Cup qualifying group phase draw:
Group A: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Djibouti
Group B: Tunisia, Zambia, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea
Group C: Nigeria, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic, Liberia
Group D: Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Malawi
Group E: Mali, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda
Group F: Egypt, Gabon, Libya, Angola
Group G: Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia
Group H: Senegal, Congo, Namibia, Togo
Group I: Morocco, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sudan
Group J: Congo DR, Benin, Madagascar, Tanzania