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2022 WCQ: Ghana and Nigeria to slug it out in playoffs

Old foes Ghana and Nigeria have been paired in an all-West African affair in the final playoffs to the 2022 Fifa World Cup.

The African contenders to represent the continent at Qatar learned their opponents when the draw was held on Saturday.

The draw held in Douala, Cameroon was conducted by Caf Competitions Director Samson Adamu, assisted by legends El Hadji Diouf and Emmanuel Adebayor.

The Black Stars will host the Super Eagles first before making the trip for the second-leg decider within a couple of days.

Ghana will be seeking to qualify for the World Cup for the fourth time while Nigeria will be chasing their seventh appearance.

The draw also pitted Liverpool duo, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, against each other via a battle between Egypt and Senegal.

Cameroon will face Algeria while Morocco square off against DR Congo.

Mali and Tunisia take up the last tie.

Only Mali among the 10 contenders have never qualified for the world football showpiece while Cameroon hold the record for appearances by an African team with seven between 1982 and 2014.

The five aggregate winners over two legs will pick Africa’s slots at the World Cup in Qatar from November 21 to December 18, 2022.

The playoff games will take place between March 23-29.

The pairings:

Egypt vs Senegal

Cameroon vs Algeria

Ghana vs Nigeria

DR Congo vs Morocco

Mali vs Tunisia



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