Africa’s WC qualifiers draw set for June
The draw for the group stage of CAF qualifiers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Cairo on 24 June 2016, FIFA announced on their official website on Friday.
Twenty nations have sealed their place for the final qualifying round, including Africa’s powerhouses who represented the continent at Brazil 2014 and South Africa 2010, Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria.
The teams will be divided into five groups of four teams to play home-and-away round-robin matches, with the winners of each group to qualify for Russia 2018.
“This is the latest step in a qualifying campaign that began for Africa in October 2015 with 53 nations taking part. Round 1 was contested by the 26 lowest-ranked member associations, the 13 winners from which went on to a second stage against the Confederation’s remaining 27 nations,” FIFA stated.
“Just 20 teams now remain from that second round, all of whom will be eagerly awaiting this Round 3 draw, the procedures for which – including pots and seeded teams – will be announced in due course.”