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Africa’s 2022 World Cup draw tonight: All you need to know

By Vincent Ashitey

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) confirmed the continent’s Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualification draw.

What is it?
The process by which CAF’s 40 member associations will be reduced down to 10 teams, finally five nations for the 2022 final tournament in Qatar.

What it the period span?

Matches will be played over a year‚ starting in October (5-13) and November (9-17)‚ before a double-header in March (22-30) 2021. The penultimate round will be staged on August 30-September 7‚ 2021‚ and concluding on October 4-12‚ 2021.

How is the pot seeding?

• Pot 1: Algeria‚ Cameroon‚ Egypt‚ DR Congo‚ Ghana‚ Mali‚ Morocco‚ Senegal‚ Tunisia

• Pot 2: Benin‚ Burkina Faso‚ Cape Verde Islands‚ Congo‚ Côte d’Ivoire‚ Gabon‚ Guinea‚ South Africa‚ Uganda‚ Zambia

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

• Pot 4:‚ Angola‚ Djibouti‚ Equatorial Guinea‚ Ethiopia‚ Liberia‚ Malawi‚ Rwanda‚ Sudan‚ Tanzania‚ Togo.

How to successfully qualify?

Only the 10 group winners will then advance to home and away playoff in November 2021 which will decide the five African countries.

What are the dates?

Matchday 1: 25–27 March 2021
Matchday 2: 28–30 March 2021
Matchday 3: 4–5 June 20210
Matchday 4: 7–8 June 2021
Matchday 5: 2–4 September 2021
Matchday 6: 5–7 September 2021
Matchday 7: 7–9 October 2021
Matchday 8: 10–12 October 2021
Matchday 9: 11–13 November 2021
Matchday 10: 14–16 November 2021
Play-offs: 24, 25, 28, 29 March 2022.

When is the 2022 World Cup?

The 22nd finals will be, for the first World Cup not held in May, June, or July; the tournament is instead scheduled for a reduced time frame between 21 November to 18 December. The draw will be in April 2022.

Source: Futaa