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Qatar 2022 World Cup: Uganda to battle neigbours Kenya, Rwanda and Mali

By Michael Nsubuga

Added 21st January 2020 10:30 PM

The Final Round will see the ten teams drawn into five home and away ties, with the five winners securing the ticket to represent Africa at the tournament scheduled for 21 November to 18 December 2022 in Qatar.

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The Cranes team that will attempt to qualify for the World Cup for the first time. Photos by Michael Nsubuga

The Final Round will see the ten teams drawn into five home and away ties, with the five winners securing the ticket to represent Africa at the tournament scheduled for 21 November to 18 December 2022 in Qatar.

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The Uganda Cranes will battle Mali, and neighbours Kenya and Rwanda as they try to negotiate their way to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Uganda was placed in Group E during the draw for the Group Phase of the world showpiece that took place on Tuesday in Cairo, Egypt, with 40 African countries discovering their fates for the second round of the qualifying campaign.

The teams representing 40 countries across the CAF region were divided into ten groups of four teams each for the penultimate stage of the continental journey to Qatar.

Mali is the top seed in the group and will be Uganda’s first opponents in the qualifiers that start in October this year.

The Cranes will then take on Kenya in November before entertaining Rwanda in March 2021.

Former Captain of the French Men’s national football team Marcel Desailly and Coach of Côte d’Ivoire’s Women’s national football team, Clementine Toure assisted CAF Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu, to conduct the draw for the group phase of the qualifiers which start in October 2020, continuing until October 2021

After a round-robin of matches, the winners of the ten groups will qualify for the Final Round of the continental qualification on the journey to Qatar.

The Final Round will see the ten teams drawn into five home and away ties, with the five winners securing the ticket to represent Africa at the tournament scheduled for 21 November to 18 December 2022 in Qatar.

 alawis tanley anudi left tackles ranes mmanuel kwi  during an  qualifier at amboole ovember 17 2019 ranes won 20 Malawi's Stanley Sanudi (left) tackles Cranes' Emmanuel Okwi during an AFCON qualifier at Namboole, November 17, 2019. Cranes won 2-0.

 

The groups

Group A: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Djibouti

Group B: Tunisia, Zambia, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea

Group C: Nigeria, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Liberia

Group D: Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Mozambique, Malawi

Group E: Mali, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda

Group F: Egypt, Gabon, Libya, Angola

Group G: Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia

Group H: Senegal, Congo, Namibia, Togo

Group I: Morocco, Guinea, Guinea-Biisau, Sudan

Group J: DR Congo, Benin, Madagascar, Tanzania

 

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