Mali are into the Final Play off the FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Credit: John Batanudde

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed dates for the draw of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 and FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, African Qualifiers.

The TotalEnergies Afcon Cote d’Ivoire 2023 Preliminary Round draw will be conducted on Friday, 21 January 2022 in Douala while the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, African Qualifiers final play-off draw will be conducted on Saturday, 22 January 2022 at the same venue, in Douala.

Africa Cup of Nations Cote d’Ivoire 2023 preliminaries Procedure

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 are 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

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