2022 World Cup: 40 teams set for CAF draw

Author: Rosalind K. Amoh
CAF holds 2022 World Cup draw in Cairo
CAF holds 2022 World Cup draw in Cairo

All is set for the draw for the second round of the qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) holds the draw at the Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Cairo on the evening of Tuesday, January 21.

Ghana and 39 other countries will know their fate about which sides they will be playing in their quest to pick a ticket to the 2022 World Cup.

The Vice President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), Mr Mark Addo and the new coach of the Black Stars, C. K. Akonnor are in Cairo for the draw.

All is set for CAF's draw for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers

Draw Format

After the first round which saw 14 least-ranked teams advancing, the 26 top-ranked sides will join the fray for the draw which will have 10 groups of four teams each to vie for the qualification to the third round.

In the third round, the 10 group winners will again be paired up into five group and the teams drawn in each group will engage in a home and away tie, the ultimate winners picking up the five slots to represent the continent at the Mundial to be hosted by Qatar.

Ahead of the draw, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) based on their rankings, has placed the 40 teams in the respective pots based on their current ranking and performances at CAF tournaments in recent times.

One team will be picked from each of the four pots and drawn in one group.

Pots

Ghana, ranked sixth in Africa and 47th in the world,  have been put in Pot One alongside Senegal (20), Tunisia (27), Nigeria (31), Algeria (35), Morocco (43), Egypt(51), Cameroun(53), Mali (56) and DR Congo (56).

Being placed in Pot One means Ghana will avoid the highest ranked teams in Africa like AFCON champions Algeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Cameroun, Mali and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the top 10-ranked teams in Africa who are all in the same pot.

However, the Stars could be drawn up against some of the tough sides and some former champions, who by the latest rankings, are not in Pot One.

The likes of former champions, Cote d’Ivoire, Zambia, South Africa as well as Guinea, Uganga, Cape Verde, Gabon, Benin and Congo are all in Pot Two.

Pot Three has Madagascar, Mauritania, Libya, Mozambique, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Niger, Central African Republic, Namibia and Guinea-Bissau.

Angola,Togo, Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Liberia, and Djibouti make up Pot Four.

Ghana's Black Stars will be challenging for a ticket to their fourth World Cup

Qualifiers time table

With the schedule for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) switched from June-July back to January-February, there was a proposal for the qualifiers to merge with the World Cup qualifiers but that was rejected by the CAF Executive Committee.

Consequently, the second round of the qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup has been rescheduled and will start on the weekend of March 23–31, 2020 and end on the weekend of October 4–12, 2021.

The Black Stars of Ghana will be seeking to qualify for their fourth World Cup having made their debut at the 2002 World Cup and also successively to the 2010 and 2014 tournaments in South Africa and Brazil respectively, but missed out on the last competition staged in Russia in 2018.

 

2022 World Cup qualifiers CAF schedule

Matchday     FIFA International Dates

Match Day 1      October 5–13, 2020

*(rescheduled from  March 23–31, 2020)

Match Day 2      November 9–17, 2020

*(rescheduled from June 1–9, 2020)

Match Day 3     March 22–30, 2021
Match Day 4

Match Day 5     August 30 – September 7, 2021

Match Day 6      October 4–12, 2021