African qualifying draw for 2018 World Cup

world cup 2018African Zone qualifying draw for 2018 World Cup made in St Petersburg on Saturday (five African sides qualify for finals in Russia):

1st round (October 2015)

The 26 lowest-ranked African sides in FIFA rankings play each other in two-legged ties:

Somalia v Niger

South Sudan v Mauritania

Gambia v Namibia

Sao Tome and Principe v Ethiopia

Chad v Sierra Leone

Comoros v Lesotho

Djibouti v Swaziland

Eritrea v Botswana

Seychelles v Burundi

Liberia v Guinea Bissau

Central African Republic v Madagascar

Mauritius v Kenya

Tanzania v Malawi

2nd round (November 2015)

The 13 winners from the first round and the 27 other countries compete in two-leg ties with winners progressing to a group stage:

Somalia or Niger v Cameroon

South Sudan or Mauritania v Tunisia

Gambia or Namibia v Guinea

Sao Tome and Principe or Ethiopia v Congo

Chad or Sierra Leone v Egypt

Comoros or Lesotho v Ghana

Djibouti or Swaziland v Nigeria

Eritrea or Botswana v Mali

Seychelles or Burundi v Democratic Republic of Congo

Liberia or Guinea Bissau v Ivory Coast

Central Africa Republic or Madagascar v Senegal

Mauritius or Kenya v Cape Verde

Tanzania or Malawi v Algeria

Sudan v Zambia

Libya v Rwanda

Morocco v Equatorial Guinee

Mozambique v Gabon

Benin v Burkina Faso

Togo v Uganda

Angola v South Africa

3rd round (October 2016 to Novembre 2017)

The 20 winners from the seocnd round knockout matches will be drawn in five groups of four (to be made at the end of the 2nd round). The group winners will qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

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