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2022 WCQ: Super Eagles To Know Playoff Opponent January

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The Super Eagles will know their opponent in the playoff round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in January.

The draw for the playoff round was initially slated to hold next month at the Confederation of African Football headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

The draw will now be held during the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Two dates for the draw are proposed – 22 or 26 January.

The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) seated on Friday in Cairo also ruled to retain the original format adopted for the playoff for the qualifiers.

The format will also be a two-leg format, contrary to speculations that CAF was considering a one leg format to be played in Doha.

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The seeded five teams will start mission away from home and host opponents at home in the 2nd leg.

Egypt, Algeria, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia won their respective groups to reach the final qualifying playoff phase for the 2022 World Cup.

According to the qualifying system, the 10 teams will be divided into 2 pots based on their FIFA ranking and a draw will be conducted for the five ties that are scheduled for March 2021.

On the current raking released on 19 November, the top five in Africa are Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Nigeria.

Another ranking is expected to be released on 16 December ahead of the draw to be conducted in January. Nigeria being the fifth ranked appear to be the only one at risk of being overtaken.

The five winners will qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

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