2022 FIFA World Cup qualification – CAF First Round

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The CAF first round of 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification was played from 4 to 10 September 2019.[1][2]

Format[edit]

A total of 28 teams (teams ranked 27–54 in the CAF entrant list) played home-and-away over two legs. The 14 winners advanced to the second round.[3]

Seeding[edit]

The draw for the first round was held on 29 July 2019 at 12:00 EST (UTC+2), at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.[4]

The seeding was based on the FIFA World Rankings of July 2019 (shown in parentheses below).[5] Teams from Pot 2 would host the first leg.

Note: Bolded teams qualified for the second round.

Pot 1 Pot 2
  1.  Zimbabwe (112)
  2.  Sierra Leone (114)
  3.  Mozambique (116)
  4.  Namibia (121)
  5.  Angola (122)
  6.  Guinea-Bissau (123)
  7.  Malawi (126)
  8.  Togo (128)
  9.  Sudan (129)
  10.  Rwanda (133)
  11.  Tanzania (137)
  12.  Equatorial Guinea (139)
  13.  Eswatini (139)
  14.  Lesotho (144)
  1.  Comoros (146)
  2.  Botswana (147)
  3.  Burundi (148)
  4.  Ethiopia (150)
  5.  Liberia (152)
  6.  Mauritius (157)
  7.  Gambia (161)
  8.  South Sudan (169)
  9.  Chad (175)
  10.  São Tomé and Príncipe (185)
  11.  Seychelles (192)
  12.  Djibouti (195)
  13.  Somalia (202)
  14.  Eritrea (202)

Summary[edit]

The first legs were played on 4–7 September, and the second legs on 8 and 10 September 2019.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ethiopia  1–1 (a)  Lesotho 0–0 1–1
Somalia  2–3  Zimbabwe 1–0 1–3
Eritrea  1–4  Namibia 1–2 0–2
Burundi  2–2 (0–3 p)  Tanzania 1–1 1–1 (a.e.t.)
Djibouti  2–1  Eswatini 2–1 0–0
Botswana  0–1  Malawi 0–0 0–1
Gambia  1–3  Angola 0–1 1–2
Liberia  3–2  Sierra Leone 3–1 0–1
Mauritius  0–3  Mozambique 0–1 0–2
São Tomé and Príncipe  1–3  Guinea-Bissau 0–1 1–2
South Sudan  1–2  Equatorial Guinea 1–1 0–1
Comoros  1–3  Togo 1–1 0–2
Chad  1–3  Sudan 1–3 0–0
Seychelles  0–10  Rwanda 0–3 0–7

Matches[edit]

Ethiopia 0–0 Lesotho
Report (FIFA)
Referee: Mohamed Maarouf (Egypt)
Lesotho 1–1 Ethiopia
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Messie Nkounkou (Congo)

1–1 on aggregate. Ethiopia won on away goals and advanced to second round.


Somalia 1–0 Zimbabwe
Shakunda Goal 86' Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: Alfred Pousri Armi (Chad)
Zimbabwe 3–1 Somalia
Report (FIFA)
Referee: Andofetra Rakotojaona (Madagascar)

Zimbabwe won 3–2 on aggregate and advanced to second round.


Eritrea 1–2 Namibia
Report (FIFA)
Referee: Mohamed Ali Moussa (Niger)
Namibia 2–0 Eritrea
Report (FIFA)
Referee: Roland Danon (Ivory Coast)

Namibia won 4–1 on aggregate and advanced to second round.


Burundi 1–1 Tanzania
Report (FIFA)
Tanzania 1–1 (a.e.t.) Burundi
Report (FIFA)
Penalties
3–0
Referee: Norman Matemera (Zimbabwe)

2–2 on aggregate. Tanzania won 3–0 on penalties and advanced to second round.


Djibouti 2–1 Eswatini
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Slim Belakhouas (Tunisia)
Eswatini 0–0 Djibouti
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Beida Dahane (Mauritania)

Djibouti won 2–1 on aggregate and advanced to second round.


Botswana 0–0 Malawi
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 9,000
Referee: Anthony Ogwayo (Kenya)
Malawi 1–0 Botswana
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 10,000
Referee: Souleiman Djama (Djibouti)

Malawi won 1–0 on aggregate and advanced to second round.


Gambia 0–1 Angola
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 24,000
Referee: Quadri Adebimpe (Nigeria)
Angola 2–1 Gambia
Report (FIFA)

Angola won 3–1 on aggregate and advaced to second round.


Liberia 3–1 Sierra Leone
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Louis Houngnandande (Benin)
Sierra Leone 1–0 Liberia
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Jean Ouattara (Burkina Faso)

Liberia won 3–2 on aggregate and advanced to second round.


Mauritius 0–1 Mozambique
Report (FIFA) Telinho Goal 10'
Referee: Georges Gatogato (Burundi)
Mozambique 2–0 Mauritius
Report (FIFA)
Referee: Brian Miiro (Uganda)

Mozambique won 3–0 on aggregate and advanced to second round.


São Tomé and Príncipe 0–1 Guinea-Bissau
Report (FIFA) Mendes Goal 85' (pen.)
Guinea-Bissau 2–1 São Tomé and Príncipe
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 14,500
Referee: Daudu Williams (Sierra Leone)

Guinea-Bissau won 3–1 on aggregate and advanced to second round.


South Sudan 1–1 Equatorial Guinea
Report (FIFA)
Referee: Abdulwahid Huraywidah (Libya)
Equatorial Guinea 1–0 South Sudan
Report (FIFA)
Referee: Mahmood Ali Ismail (Sudan)

Equatorial Guinea won 2–1 on aggregate and advanced to second round.


Comoros 1–1 Togo
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 6,200
Referee: Elly Sasii (Tanzania)
Togo 2–0 Comoros
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 13,000
Referee: Pierre Atcho (Gabon)

Togo won 3–1 on aggregate and advanced to second round.


Chad 1–3 Sudan
Report (FIFA)
  • Agab Goal 13'67'74'
Sudan 0–0 Chad
Report (FIFA)
Referee: Nelson Fred (Seychelles)

Sudan won 3–1 on aggregate and advanced to second round.


Seychelles 0–3 Rwanda
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 1,300
Referee: Belay Tadesse (Ethiopia)
Rwanda 7–0 Seychelles
Report (FIFA)
Attendance: 6,000
Referee: Tsegay Mogos (Eritrea)

Rwanda won 10–0 on aggregate and advanced to second round.

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 57 goals scored in 28 matches, for an average of 2.04 goals per match.

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Somalia played their home match in Djibouti due to security concerns from the ongoing civil war.
  2. ^ South Sudan played their home match in Sudan due to their national stadium currently undergoing renovations.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CAF reverts to previous format for 2022 African World Cup qualifiers". Ahram Newspaper (english web version). 10 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Fixtures of the Preliminary Round of the FIFAWC2022" (PDF). cafonline.com.
  3. ^ FIFA.com. "204 member associations in contention for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ berths". www.fifa.com. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Early miles of African marathon to Qatar laid out". FIFA.com. 28 July 2019.
  5. ^ "FIFA Men's Ranking – July 2019 (CAF)". FIFA.com. 25 July 2019.
  6. ^ Huaxia (23 August 2019). "S. Sudan camps in Khartoum ahead of World Cup qualifiers". Xinhua News Agency. Retrieved 4 September 2019.

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