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Bafana seeded with Cameroon in WC qualifying draw

2016-06-15 12:49
Thabo Matlaba of South Africa (left) is tackled by Modou Barrow of Gambia during their 2017 Afcon qualifier match at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban last night. Picture: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Cape Town - FIFA announced on Tuesday the African countries who could potentially qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as reported by Times Live.

20 African countries will be split into five pots, based on the team’s current FIFA rankings, as well as their previous attempts to qualify.

The teams will then be involved in a draw, which is scheduled to take place on the 24 June 2016 in Cairo. Once the fixtures are drawn the qualifying matches will begin in October.

32 countries from around the world are set to compete in Russia with five teams participating from the African continent.

Algeria, who are the best ranked African team at 32, lead the seedings by featuring in pot one alongside defending African Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions, Ivory Coast and runners-up Ghana.

South Africa, who failed to qualify for the 2017 AFCON, will be hoping to play in their first qualified World Cup since 2002, as they automatically qualified as hosts in 2010.

SEEDING:

Pot 1 - Algeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Senegal, Tunisia

Pot 2 - Cape Verde, Egypt, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Mali

Pot 3 - Cameroon, Morocco, Guinea, South Africa, Congo Brazzaville

Pot 4 - Uganda, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Gabon, Libya


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