Qatar 2022: Fair draw for Nigeria

Eagles face Cape Verde, CAR, Liberia in Group C



Charles Ogundiya




he Super Eagles of Nigeria have been given a fair draw for the first qualifying round of the Qatar 2020 FIFA World Cup.


The draw conducted in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday saw Nigeria grouped against Cape Verde, Central African Republic and Liberia in Group C of the qualifier.


African champions, Algeria, will be playing in Group A alongside Burkina Faso, Niger and Djibouti while Group B has Tunisia, Zambia, Mauritania and Equatorial Guinea contesting for the only available slot in the group.



Group B remain the toughest group with Cameroon, the group’s top ceded team set to compete with Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Malawi.


It is going to be battle of neigbours in Group D as Uganda and Rwanda will be up against Mali and Kenya as Egypt take on Gabon, Libya and Angola in Group F.


Ghana will be fighting off the threat of South Africa in Group G while also looking out for other teams in the group, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.


Group H has Senegal, Congo, Namibia and Togo as Morocco, Guinea, Guinea Bissau and Sudan take on each other in Group I with the final group, Group J belonging to DR Congo, Benin, Madagascar and Tanzania.

After a round-robin of matches, the winners of the 10 groups will qualify to the Final Round of the continental qualification on the journey to Qatar.


The Final Round will see the 10 teams drawn into five home and away ties, with the five winners securing the ticket to represent Africa at the tournament scheduled for November 21 to December 18 2022 in Qatar.


Speaking after the draw, former France captain, a native of Ghana, Marcel Desailly, who helped to conduct the draw said it was generally a fair draw.

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