Nigeria and Ghana will battled for a place at the Qatar 2022 World Cup, following the draw held today for Africa’s five places at the World Cup.
The West African rivals were paired up on the day Ghana’s coach, Milovan Rajevac was dismissed following the Black Stars’ poor run at Afcon 2021, where they finished bottom of their group after suffering a 3-2 defeat to debutants Comoros.
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Nigeria, meanwhile, are into the round of 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations and are in fine fettle.
In another mouthwatering match-up, Senegal and Egypt are paired, meaning one of Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah – both Liverpool stars – won’t be at the World Cup.
Afcon hosts, Cameroon are drawn with current African champions Algeria, who are also out of this year’s Nations Cup.
DR Congo, who last qualified for the World Cup in 1974 when the country was known as Zaire, have a tough challenge if they are to make it to a second tournament, as they face Morocco.
Meanwhile, Tunisia will get through if they overcome the only team in the draw to have never been at a World Cup in any form, Mali.
The two legs qualifiers kick off in March 23, 2022.