Dates & venues for African World Cup play-offs announced


The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has confirmed all the dates and venues for the 2022 FIFA World Cup African qualifying play-offs. 

Ten nations remain with the chance to represent Africa in Qatar later this year. However, only five will go through to the global showpiece.

Here are the 10 African countries that have qualified for the World Cup play-offs

These 10 countries are set to do battle later this month, with CAF having now confirmed all the dates and venues for crucial two-legged play-offs.

On Thursday, African football's governing body announced that the first legs of those ties will be played on Friday 25 March, while the return fixtures will be held on 29 March, four days later.

2021 Africa Cup of Nations hosts Cameroon are set to face the seventh-ranked nation on the continent Algeria, with their first encounter set to take place in one of the venues used at Afcon, the Stade de Japoma in Douala.

The Indomitable Lions also hold the record for most participations at the World Cup, having qualified for the showpiece on seven occasions.

Nigeria are second with their six showings, and will face Ghana in a bid to qualify for the prestigious tournament a seventh time.

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Both the Super Eagles and Ghana are under new coaching staff after their football federations made new appointments following their Afcon 2021 exploits.

Senegal, meanwhile, will look to hand Egypt another blow after they defeated the North African giants for the continental crown last month.

With Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah having already declared his intentions for "revenge", the Pharaohs will be looking to follow up their 2018 World Cup qualification with another in the Middle East. 

Here are the confirmed dates and venues

First leg (25 March)

DR Congo vs Morocco - Venue: Stade des Martyrs in Kinshasa
Mali vs Tunisia - Venue: Stade du 26 mars in Bamako
Cameroon vs Algeria - Venue: Stade de Japoma in Douala
Egypt vs Senegal - Venue: Cairo International Stadium in Cairo
Ghana vs Nigeria - Venue: Cape Coast Stadium in Cape Coast

Second leg (29 March)

Senegal vs Egypt - Venue: Stade Olympique de Diamniadio in Dakar
Nigeria vs Ghana - Venue: MKO National Stadium in Abuja
Algeria vs Cameroon - Venue: Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida
Tunisia vs Mali - Venue: Stade Olympique Hammadi Agrebi in Tunis
Morocco vs DR Congo - Venue: Complexe Mohammed V in Casablanca

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