The draws for the final playoffs of the FIFA 2022 Qatar World Cup for Africa have been confirmed in Douala, Cameroon on Saturday.
Africa’s most successful nation, Egypt who have seven Africa Cup of Nations titles has been paired with West African powerhouse Senegal with the first leg to take center stage in Cairo.
The Pharaohs have been there on three occasions but their best performance was in 1934 when they made the round of 16.
As for the Lions of Teranga, they have made it just twice and reached the quarterfinal in 2002.
Five time African champions Cameroon who made the 1990 World Cup quarterfinals will be hosts first against 2021 AFCON flops Algeria in Yaounde.
Ghana, who have also had an abysmal January AFCON campaign, will be at home first against the impressive Nigeria in Accra.
The Black Stars have featured in the tournament thrice but went as far as the quarterfinal in 2010.
Meanwhile, the Super Eagles have been there for a whole six times and made it to the round of 16 in 1994, 1998 and 2014.
Democratic Republic of Congo who have only been at the World Cup just once in 1974 will be at home for the first leg against Morocco who have featured five times.
Mali, who have never been to the coveted tournament, will be at home against five-timers, Tunisia for the first leg.
The games will be played between March 23 and 29 but the exact dates and kickoff times are yet to be confirmed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Egypt vs Senegal
Cameroon vs Algeria
Ghana vs Nigeria
DR Congo vs Morocco
Mali vs Tunisia