The Africa 2022 World Cup qualifiers. #Qatar2022

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Wednesday 4 September

Burundi 1-1 Tanzania
Scorers: Amissi 82 / Samata 86 

Ethiopia 0-0 Lesotho

Eritrea 1-2 Namibia

South Sudan 1-1 Equatorial Guinea
Scorers: Lumeri 61 / Meseguer 35

Mauritius 0-1 Mozambique
Scorer: Emesto 9

Djibouti 2-1 Eswatini
Scorers:Mahabeh (pen) 35, Hamza 75 / Mamba 56

Sao Tome 0-1 Guinea Bissau
Scorer: Nanu (pen) 85 Liberia 3-1 Sierra Leone
Scorers: Tisdell 18 (pen), Sangare 82 (pen), Johnson 89 / Quee 56

Seychelles host Rwanda.

Match: Seychelles Vs Rwanda

Competition: Africa World Cup qualifying

Date: Thursday September 5, 2019

Kick-off time: 3:00pm

Stadium: Stade Linité

AMAVUBI Head Coach Vincent Mashami has called on his players to go into today’s game against Seychelles with a ‘must-win mentality’. Today’s tie is the two countries’ first leg of their World Cup preliminary round qualifier.

Rwanda play away to the Pirates of Seychelles in the first leg before hosting the reverse encounter on September 10 at Kigali Stadium. Seychelles host Amavubi barely four days after appointing Dutchman Jan Mark as interim coach following the dismissal of Gavin Jeanne, for the team’s poor showing at this year’s Indian Ocean Games back in July, in Mauritius.

Chad vs Sudan match details

Match: Chad vs Sudan

Competition: Africa World Cup qualifying

Date: Thursday September 5, 2019

Kick-off time: 5:30pm

Stadium: Stade Omnisports Idriss Mahamat Ouya

Chad’s senior team last tilt at World Cup qualifying, ended with a 4-0 defeat to Egypt in November 2015. They have not taken to the field since losing to Tanzania the following March, after which they withdrew from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying competition on financial grounds, and were banned from the 2019 edition as a result. A squad of players from France, Belgium, Niger, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Portugal, Indonesia and the local league will be facing Sudan on their first-round, first leg qualifier for Qatar 2022 in N’Djamena.

Somalia vs Zimbabwe match details

Match: Somalia vs Zimbabwe

Competition: Africa World Cup qualifying

Date: Thursday September 5, 2019

Kick-off time: 6:00pm

Stadium: Stade du Ville

Due to Somalia’s on-going political unrest, the away first leg match has been set for a neutral venue of Djibouti at the Stade Gouled, Djibouti.

Africa’s long journey to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is underway with a total of 28 matches scattered across the continent for the proceeding six days. All 54 FIFA-affiliated football associations from the Confederations of African Football (CAF) enter the qualification rounds, with Libya ( was threatened from exclusion from the qualifiers all together due to debts owned to former coach Javier Clemente, but with those debts are now settled and can look forward to a second round showdown against a to-be-determined nation). and Sierra Leone ( suspension were lifted back in June allowing them the chance to battle for a place in the second round).

Instead of two knockout rounds to kick-off the qualifying campaign, there will be a knockout stage before and after a group stage with 10 teams advancing to the third and final round of which the five winners will advance to the World Cup.

Nations ranked 27-54 will play home-and-away over two legs with the 14 winners advancing onto the second round.

Only 5 Will Fly Africa’s Flag In Qatar

Since 1998 in France, Africa have had at least five representatives at the world showpiece, with the exception the 2010 FIFA World Cup, hosted in South Africa, when the continent had six.

Only on three previous occasions have African teams reached the quarter-final stage at the World Cup, and never the semi-finals nor final. The last nation to reach the last eight were Ghana at the 2010 showpiece.

Cameroon have qualified for the most World Cup tournaments, seven, followed by Nigeria with six.

Only 13 African nations have qualified for the World Cup in it’s history, dating back to Egypt’s first-round exit at the 1934 event in Italy.

Full List of first-leg first round fixtures:

September 4

Ethiopia vs Lesotho

Eritrea vs Namibia

Burundi vs Tanzania

Djibouti vs eSwatini

Liberia vs Sierre Leone

Mauritius vs Mozambique

South Sudan vs Equatorial Guinea

Sao Tome and Principe vs Guinea-Bissau

September 5

Somalia vs Zimbabwe

Chad vs Sudan

Seychelles vs Rwanda

September 6

Gambia vs Angola

Comoros vs Togo

September 7

Botswana vs Malawi

40 teams (nations ranked 1-26 and 14 first round winners) advance into the second round which will be divided into 10 groups of four teams each to play home-and-away round-robin fixtures.

The 10 group winners will advance onto the third round where the five aggregate victors over home-and-away matches will officially book their ticket to Qatar. The qualifying campaign will officially come to an end on the 16th of November 2021.

Africa’s race to Qatar 2022 set to begin.