There were a number of surprising fixtures revealed during the draw in Egypt on Tuesday night
Africa’s football nations have begun dreaming about qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The continent discovered which teams their nations will face in the group stage of the qualifiers. Many teams will face an uphill battle in the group stage after a difficult draw.
Then if they win their respective group, the 10 winners will go through to the play-off stage. From there five winners will progress to the World Cup.
The continent is already realising one team from each of those clashes will be bowing out of the qualifiers early.
Another big talking point was Mohamed Salah facing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang when Egypt clash against Gabon.
We compiled the best reactions from around Africa here:
With the easy draw, Nigeria must qualify for 2022 world cup. its our birth right, no room for complain…
— Dada JesuGbemiga Ayomilekan (@DSport_Channel) January 21, 2020
World Cup qualifying draw: Nigeria to face Cape Verde, Central African Republic and Liberia https://t.co/fPP2Fvx26V
— Gbenga Adewoye (@Gregoal001) January 21, 2020
Nigeria gets an easy group in World Cup Qualifiers.
— Ayodele Emaye (@AySport_) January 21, 2020
I think that this is the best chance Bafana Bafana have had to make the World Cup since after 2010. The traditional African soccer powerhouses (read Egypt, Ghana, Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, and some if the Franco-phone countries) seem extremely vulnerable now.
— Donna (@Fegidee) January 21, 2020
Reporters: What are you thoughts on Algeria’s World Cup qualifying group?
— 🇩🇿⚽️ DzairBola Videos (@AlgeriaFootVid) January 21, 2020
— Taiye Taiwo (@tayo_taiwo) January 21, 2020
— Ngugi Wa Wainaina🇰🇪 (@ngugiwainainas) January 21, 2020
The ten group winners advance to the next round.
Those ten second round group winners play home-and-away over two legs. The five winners qualify for the World Cup pic.twitter.com/tw43hHD1xU
— Thomas Mlambo (@thomasmlambo) January 21, 2020
🤩 Incredible #WorldCup memories made by Africa’s finest 🌍
Who will be heading to Qatar 2022 in search of more history? pic.twitter.com/ShzMdGVUA8
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) January 21, 2020
Cameroon versus Ivory Coast
East Africa affair in group E
Ghana to battle South Africa again for world cup place after beating Bafana for a place at first world cup appearance in 2006.
— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) January 21, 2020
Not an easy draw for Zimbabwe in Group G of World Cup qualifying, but it could have been worse! Ghana had a disappointing AFCON last year, South Africa are unpredictable, Ethiopia have massive home support and won’t be easy. Only group winners go through to final play-off round. pic.twitter.com/W5Ppy71HSX
— Steve Vickers (@SteveVickers5) January 21, 2020
Toughest World Cup qualifying group I’ve seen Bafana in & the winners don’t even qualify. South Africa would need a top, highly experienced coach to get out of this group of death. Shakes Mashaba had the fearless attitude to negotiate it. With Ntseki we are massive underdogs
— Ignat Football (@IgnatFootball) January 21, 2020
There is no way the black stars will not qualify for the WC having drawn against Ethiopia , South Africa and Zimbabwe. If we nor go fit beat these teams diaa then what we dey go search for the tournament under #WorldCup
— shaggy🤴🏽🇬🇭 (@_MrPatryk) January 21, 2020
Kenya all the way to World Cup.
— masakhwe patrick (@masakhwepatrick) January 21, 2020
— AP 🦅 ⚽️ 🇵🇹🇨🇦 (@futebolfan86) January 21, 2020
So this means no world cup for either Cameroon or Ivory coast https://t.co/PAwfZAIeIb
— Kay Olav (@olayiwolakay1) January 21, 2020
Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will face each other on the road to the 2022 World Cup after Egypt and Gabon were drawn in the same qualifying group 👀
Ajih Ejeh Emmanuel – Rajader
— Ajih Ejeh Emmanuel -Rajader (@AjihEjeh) January 21, 2020
Aubameyang to face Salah in World Cup qualifying as Egypt and Gabon drawn together https://t.co/sZsHqpTdLW
— ☀Adebayo☀ (@bombofia) January 21, 2020
Black Stars Coach C.K. Akonnor, GFA Vice President Mark Addo and GFA General Secretary Prosper Harrison Addo represented Ghana at the Qatar 2022 Fifa World Cup draw in Egypt.
Photo credit: GFA pic.twitter.com/QayWbSf1OP
— Francis Hema (@FrancisHemans1) January 21, 2020
📸 @FIFAWorldCup qualifiers draw 📸
— CAF (@CAF_Online) January 21, 2020
— CAF (@CAF_Online) January 21, 2020