The Confederation of African Football (CAF) on Friday announced the postponement of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers playoff stage draws earlier scheduled to hold in December 2021 to January 2022.
After the completion of the group stages of the qualification, the continental body had previously announced December 18 as the date for the draw, but at the football body’s extraordinary assembly in Cairo on Friday, a new date of 22 January 2022 has now been announced.
The Africa @FIFAWorldCup qualifiers play-off draw has been postponed to 22 January 2022 from the initial date 18 December 2021.
The January 2022 rankings will be used to seed the teams during the draw. pic.twitter.com/hq2R4VBTwa
— NUHU Adams ™️ (@NuhuAdams_) November 26, 2021
In addition, the January 2022 rankings will now be used in the seeding process ahead during the draw.
Number one ranked side Senegal, Algeria, Morocco, Mali, and Egypt topped their groups to reach the playoff draw, others include Tunisia, DR Congo, Ghana, Cameroon, and three-time African Champions, Nigeria.
The ten group winners will be pitted against one another to determine the five nations, who will represent the continent at the Mundial in November 2022.
Nigeria, who are currently ranked fifth in Africa, played out a 1-1 draw against Cape Verde in Lagos earlier this month to book their place in the playoffs, where the Super Eagles will be hoping to go through the playoffs and reach the World Cup finals for the sixth time.