The seeding for Africa’s 2014 World Cup first and second qualifying rounds have been announced. This comes after football’s world governing body Fifa unveiled its latest monthly rankings on Wednesday.
The 2014 World Cup qualifying draw will be held on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro. Brazil will host the competition from June-July 2014. A total of five Afican nations will qualify for the 2014 World Cup.
FIRST QUALIFYING ROUND
Pot 5 (countries ranked 29-40): Mozambique, Democratic Republic of Congo, Togo, Liberia, Tanzania, Congo, Kenya,
Rwanda, Ethiopia, Namibia, Burundi, Madagascar Pot 6 (ranked 41-52): Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Swaziland, Comoros Islands, Lesotho, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sao Tome e Principe
The 12 countries in Pot 5 will be drawn against the 12 from Pot 6, who will play at home first. Aggregate winners will advance to the second round.
SECOND QUALI-FYING ROUND
Pot 1 (ranked 1-10): Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Cameroon, Algeria, Tunisia
Pot 2 (ranked 11-20): Gabon, Libya, Morocco, Guinea, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia, Uganda, Mali, Cape Verde Islands
Pot 3 (ranked 21-28 plus two others): Benin, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Niger, Angola, Gambia plus two first round pairings
Pot 4: the remaining 10 qualifiers from the first round
The 10 four-team groups will be formed by drawing together one team from each pot and each country plays three opponents at home and away.
THIRD QUALIFYING ROUND
A draw will split the 10 group winners into five two-leg ties, with the aggregate winners qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
N.B. Non-entrants Mauritania and non-ranked Sao Tome e Principe have not been included in the draw.
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