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2022 World Cup: Super Eagles know opponents in qualifying campaign

2022 World Cup: Super Eagles know opponents in qualifying campaign

 

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have been drawn against the national teams of Cape Verde, Central African Republic (CAR) and Liberia in the second round of the qualifying race for the 2022 FIFA World Cup finals.

The draw for the qualifiers took place on Tuesday at a colourful ceremony in Cairo, Egypt.

CAF’s Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu, Ivorian Clementine Toure and 1998 FIFA World Cup winner Marcel Desailly conducted the draws.

The remaining 40 teams in the race on the African continent were drawn into 10 groups of four teams each, with six-time finalists Nigeria heading Group C.

The Eagles are already billed to head westward twice in their remaining campaign for a place at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Freetown, Sierra Leone and Cotonou, Benin Republic)

It is in the same vein that they will head westward twice in the race to Qatar (Praia, Cape Verde and Monrovia, Liberia).

Nigeria’s first game in October will be against the Lone Star of Liberia, who reached this stage after shoving aside neighbours Sierra Leone in the first round.

African champions Algeria head Group A and will have two interesting games against the Etalons of Burkina Faso, with Niger Republic and Djibouti also in the pool.

Tunisia’s Carthage Eagles head Group B which also has Zambia, Mauritania and Equatorial Guinea, with the presence of Cameroon and Cote d’Ivoire in Group D making that pool very interesting.

They are joined by Mozambique and Malawi.

Meanwhile, Group E looks the most evenly set, with Mali, Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda —- none of which had been to the FIFA World Cup previously.

Group G is also mouth-watering, as Ghana, quarter-finalists at the only FIFA World Cup finals hosted on African soil, will face the country that hosted that finals in 2010, South Africa.

They also have as well Zimbabwe and Ethiopia to contend with.

Group J is similarly something to relish, as Democratic Republic of Congo, Benin Republic and Madagascar are joined by Tanzania.

The third and final round of the qualifiers will see the 10 winners of the pools drawn into five explosive home-and-away fixtures that will produce Africa’s flagbearers in Qatar.

Those knockout games come up in November 2021.

The Full draw

GROUP A
Algeria
Burkina Faso
Niger Republic
Djibouti

GROUP B
Tunisia
Zambia
Mauritania
Equatorial Guinea

GROUP C
Nigeria
Cape Verde
Central African Republic (CAR)
Liberia

GROUP D
Cameroon
Cote d’Ivoire
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
DR Congo
Benin Republic
Madagascar
Tanzania.

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