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2022 WCQ’s: CAF Confirm Play-Off Decision

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) says the third and final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers will remain two-legged with home and away fixtures, while the draw has been delayed.

It was reported that CAF and FIFA were considering converting the play-offs into once-off fixtures in Asia but after the Extraordinary General Assembly, it was confirmed no changes will be made to the qualification system.

The five highest-ranked teams will host the second-leg fixtures in their home countries – which means Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal and Nigeria will travel away for the first leg.

Meanwhile, Egypt, DR Congo, Mali, Cameroon and Ghana – pending the outcome of the appeal from the South Africa Football Association (Safa), will host the first-leg.

“This has already been decided by the CAF Executive Committee. Based on the FIFA ranking, it will be decided who will play the home and away match first. The draw will happen sometime in January,” CAF General Secretary Veron Mosengo-Omba explained.

“The lower-ranked team will play the home match first, the second leg will take place at the higher-ranked team.”

CAF also confirmed that the draw for the final play-offs has been postponed to 22 January 2022 from the initial date 18 December 2021, which could be in relation to FIFA’s ongoing investigation into the complaints filed by the Benin Football Federation and the South African Football Federation.

The draw which will be held in late January in Cameroon will see the 10 sides pitted against each other – of only five will advance to the global showpiece in Qatar.

10 Countries Qualified In Full:

  • Senegal
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Algeria
  • Nigeria
  • Egypt
  • Mali
  • Ghana*
  • Cameroon
  • DR Congo

*Ghana’s qualification is being disputed by Safa who have appealed to FIFA and CAF over alleged match manipulation from referee Magutte Ndiaye in the 1-0 win for the Black Stars at Cape Coast Stadium.

CAF also revealed that the African Super Cup match between Pitso Mosimane’s Al Ahly and Botola giants Raja Athletic Club will take place in Qatar in February.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.