Regional rivalries highlight road to Qatar prelims

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The preliminary draw for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 conducted on Monday, 29 July 2019, was highlighted by regional derbies as the journey to the next edition of the Mundial kick starts.

The draw, featuring the 28 less ranked teams, also pitted Burundi against Tanzania, two of the teams that participated in the just ended Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019. Both teams failed to go past the group stage but it was Burundi, who made a bigger statement on their continental debut, as both both teams bowed out with three defeats.

Other regional derbies are Botswana versus Malawi, Mauritius against Mozambique and the all-West African affair between neighbours Liberia and Sierra Leone.

CAF Deputy General Secretary Anthony Baffoe assisted Khaled Nassar of the CAF Competitions Department to conduct the draw at the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

The two-legs will be held between 2-10 September 2019, with the winners joining the 26 top ranked teams for the group stage.

Below are the fixtures;

Ethiopia v Lesotho

Somalia v Zimbabwe

Eritrea v Namibia

Burundi v Tanzania

Djibouti v Eswatini

Botswana v Malawi

Gambia v Angola

Liberia v Sierra Leone

Mauritius v Mozambique

Sao Tome e Principe v Guinea-Bissau

South Sudan v Equatorial Guinea

Comoros v Togo

Chad v Sudan

Seychelles v Rwanda

First and second legs: 2-10 September 2019