- Draw for the second spherical of the African qualifying competitors this Tuesday
- All the pieces you should know concerning the draw and the contenders
- Observe the draw LIVE at FIFA.com and on FIFA TV’s YouTube channel
Africa is about to embark on the following part within the journey to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™, with the draw for the second spherical of the continent’s qualifying competitors happening within the Egyptian capital of Cairo on Tuesday 21 January.
The 14 first-round winners will likely be joined within the draw by the 26 highest African nations within the FIFA/Coca-Cola (as of July 2019). The 40 groups will likely be drawn into ten teams of 4, with solely the part winners advancing to the third spherical.
What you should know
When and the place
🗓 Tuesday 21 January
🕙 19.00 (native time)
📍 The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo (Egypt)
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- Second spherical: The group part begins in March 2020 and involves an finish in October 2021.
- Third spherical: The ten group winners will likely be drawn into 5 two-legged knockout ties to be performed in November 2021.
- Pot 1: Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Mali, Congo DR
- Pot 2: Burkina Faso, South Africa, Guinea, Uganda, Cabo Verde, Gabon, Benin, Zambia, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire
- Pot 3: Madagascar, Mauritania, Libya, Mozambique, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Niger, Central African Republic, Namibia, Guinea-Bissau
- Pot 4: Malawi, Angola, Togo, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Djibouti
How they form up
Pot 1: Maghreb nations trying robust
The continent’s huge weapons line up in Pot 1, amongst them the 5 nations that represented Africa on the final FIFA World Cup: Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt and Senegal.
Reigning CAF Africa Cup of Nations champions Algeria are within the hat with them. The Desert Foxes missed out on a spot at Russia 2018 and will likely be anxious to return to the World Cup scene for the primary time since Brazil 2014. The identical goes for Ghana and Cameroon.
Finishing Pot 1 are Congo DR and Mali. The Leopards haven’t graced the world finals since Germany 1974, once they glided by the title of Zaire, whereas the Eagles have by no means certified.
Pot 2: Côte d’Ivoire the workforce to keep away from
Two sides with World Cup expertise determine in Pot 2: the formidable Côte d’Ivoire, who will likely be led by their fearsome strike duo of Nicolas Pepe and Wilfried Zaha; and South Africa, who’ve did not make the massive stage since internet hosting the 2010 event, an absence they’re eager to finish.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon and Naby Keita’s Guinea are two bold sides that may also pose a menace, regardless of their document of by no means having certified.
Burkina Faso, Uganda, Cape Verde, Benin, Zambia and Congo are additionally able to huge issues and shouldn’t be underestimated.
Pot 3: Outsiders with huge concepts
Not one of the groups in Pot Three have ever certified for the most important event in soccer, although the likes of Madagascar and Mauritania have made important progress in latest instances and look more and more able to taking that final step.
Becoming a member of them are Namibia, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, who’ve all been on the qualification marketing campaign path for a number of months now. The quartet emerged from a difficult first spherical and have designs on going additional.
Rounding off the pot are Libya, Niger, Kenya and Central African Republic, who all fancy their probabilities of inflicting an upset and making the third spherical.
Pot 4: Potential shock packages
The fourth and last pot is a sign of the standard on present within the group part, containing because it does two earlier World Cup qualifiers in Togo and Angola.
Alongside them are groups of the calibre of Tanzania – again within the limelight after showing at their first Africa Cup of Nations in 40 years – Malawi and Liberia, who respectively knocked out Botswana and Sierra Leone within the final spherical.
Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan, Djibouti and Equatorial Guinea additionally negotiated the preliminary part and are aiming to make their presence felt in what guarantees to be an thrilling second spherical.