Africa’s lowest-ranked sides have been separated after a week of first-round 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Futaa takes a look at who’s stepped up to battle with the bigger boys for a dream place at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
The initial 28 lower-ranked nations have now become 14. There’s a welcomed range of Southern Africa, the East, and central area representatives.
The lowest-placed candidates into the group stages include the unfamiliar name of Djibouti as well as one of the oldest nations in the world, Ethiopia.
The 14 nations into the group stages:
- Ethiopia 🇪🇹
- Tanzania 🇹🇿
- Equatorial Guinea 🇬🇶
- Liberia 🇱🇷
- Malawi 🇲🇼
- Zimbabwe 🇿🇼
- Djibouti 🇩🇯
- Mozambique 🇲🇿
- Angola 🇦🇴
- Togo 🇹🇬
- Rwanda 🇷🇼
- Guinea-Bissau 🇬🇼
- Sudan 🇸🇩
- Namibia 🇳🇦
Up next for Africa is the group phase that features 40 countries. The fight for a place at the Qatar World Cup in 2022 will see 10 groups of four nations in each. The qualifiers will begin in March 2020.
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