🌍 CAF confirms draw dates for AFCON 2023, World Cup 2022 qualifiers
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🌍 CAF confirms draw dates for AFCON 2023, World Cup 2022 qualifiers

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has decided on the dates to play AFCON 2023 and the FIFA World  Cup 2022 qualifiers.

The big update was confirmed by the federation on Monday as the AFCON 2021 group stages nears its end.

The qualifying fixtures for AFCON 2023 will be determined on Friday 21, while the FIFA World Cup 2022 play-offs draw will be held on Saturday 22 January.

"The TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 Preliminary Round draw will be conducted on Friday, 21 January 2022 at 16h00 (15h00 GMT, 17h00 CAT) in Douala," CAF said.

"The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, African Qualifiers Third Round draw will be conducted on Saturday, 22 January 2022 at 16h00 at the same venue, in Douala. (15h00 GMT, 17h00 CAT)."

Full statement from CAF:

"Both draws will be live on CAF platforms.

Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 preliminaries

The Preliminary Round will see the 12 least ranked teams. The 12 teams will be divided into two levels. The six highest ranked teams will play against the six least ranked teams (the 1st leg will be played at home of the lower ranked teams).

The six aggregate winners will join the 42 highest ranked teams into the Group Stage of the qualifiers.

Level 1: Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Gambia, South Sudan, Mauritius

Level 2: Chad, Sao Tome & Principe, Djibouti, Somalia, Seychelles, Eritrea

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, African Qualifiers

The 10 qualified teams will be divided into two levels based on the official FIFA ranking, published in November 2021.

The five highest ranked teams will play against the five least ranked teams (the first leg will be played at home of the lower ranked teams).

According to the ranking published on 19 November 2021 after the last round, the distribution of the teams on the two pots shall be as follows:

Level 1: Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Nigeria

Level 2: Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali and DR Congo."

Meanwhile, the continent's highest-ranked nation Senegal will be a battle to secure AFCON 2021 last 16 qualification against Malawi on Tuesday. 

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