Soccer fans in Uganda are filled with excitement after an unexpected draw in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday evening that placed Uganda, Kenya, Mali and Rwanda in the same pool, drawing immediate excitement even before chances of qualifying are explored.
The first round of group games begins in October this year and ends in October 2021 before the final round of play-offs the following month.
Only 10 group winners will progress to the final play-off round, where two-legged ties will decide Africa’s five World Cup representatives in Qatar.
The qualifiers had been due to begin this March but CAF postponed them after re-scheduling the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations from June to January.
The first round of African qualifiers saw the continent’s 28 lowest-ranked sides compete with the winners progressing to join the 26 nations given byes into the second stage.
The group details are:
Group A: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Djibouti
Group B: Tunisia, Zambia, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea
Group C: Nigeria, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, 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-Biisau, Sudan
Group J: DR Congo, Benin, Madagascar, Tanzania