11 September 2019 – The African section of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification with the first round completed on Tuesday, and now on to the second round.
Twenty-eight teams took part in the first round, now only 14 remain and will join the 26-top ranked nations in the second round.
These are qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cupto be held in Qatar.
A total of five slots in the final tournament are available for CAF teams.
At a meeting on 11 June 2018, CAF reverted to the format used for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification competition.
- First round: 28 teams (ranked 27–54) played home-and-away overtwo legs. The 14 winners advanced to the second round.
- Second round: 40 teams (ranked 1–26 and 14 first-round winners) will be divided into ten groups of four teams to play home-and-awayround-robin The ten group winners advance to the third round.
- Third round: The ten second round group winners play home-and-away overtwo legs. The five winners qualify for the World Cup.
The 14 nations that took part in the first round and will be going into the hat for the second round are as follows (in bold):
|Team 1||Agg.||Team 2||1st leg||2nd leg|
|Burundi||2–2 (0–3 p)||Tanzania||1–1||1–1 (a.e.t.)|
|São Tomé and Príncipe||1–3||Guinea-Bissau||0–1||1–2|
|South Sudan||1–2||Equatorial Guinea||1–1||0–1|
The second round will see the top 26 ranked CAF teams joined by the 14 winners from the first round. These teams will be drawn into ten groups of four teams. Competition for the second round kicks off in March 2020.
Teams in the second round:
- DR Congo(56)
- Ivory Coast(57)
- Burkina Faso(61)
- South Africa(70)
- Cape Verde(76)
- Central African Republic(111)
- Equatorial Guinea(139)
Below is the schedule of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.
|Stage||Matchday||FIFA International Dates|
|First Round||First leg||4–7 September 2019|
|Second leg||8–10 September 2019|
|Second Round||Match day 1||23–31 March 2020|
|Match day 2||1–9 June 2020|
|Match day 3||22–30 March 2021|
|Match day 4|
|Match day 5||30 August–7 September 2021|
|Match day 6||4–12 October 2021|
|Third Round||First leg||8–16 November 2021|