Namibia has taken an important step towards qualifying for the second round (group stage) of the African qualifiers for World Cup Qatar 2022, after beating Eritrea 2-1 in the first round of the qualifiers.
The first round of CAF qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will feature 28 teams competing for 14 slots in the group stage, where the 26 top-ranked teams await.
"These opening fixtures include local rivalries between 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) participants Burundi and Tanzania and a west African derby between Liberia and Sierra Leone," read a statement by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
Five places at the 2022 World Cup have been allotted to Africa, and the 40 successful teams from the preliminary rounds will advance to the main group stage, from which 10 countries will progress to the final qualifying round.
The Namibian team will need to draw in the second leg at home on 10 September to qualify for the next round, while Eritrea must win 2-0 if they want to avoid an early exit from the qualifiers.
On the other hand, Ethiopia were held to a goalless draw at home by Lesotho, which now have a great chance to qualify, as it needs to win by any result in the return to continue in the qualifiers.
Tanzania and Burundi have registered a 1-1 draw in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification first-round match at Stade Intwari on Wednesday. The Tanzanian team needs a goalless draw only in the return match to be held at home to qualify for the next round.
South Sudan and Equatorial Guinea drew 1-1, while Mozambique achieved an important 1-0 victory over Mauritius, to come close to qualify for the second round.
Djibouti claimed a 2-1 narrow win at home over Eswatini in a tough clash. Qualifying will be postponed to the return match in Eswatini.
Guinea-Bissau have taken control of their first round 2022 African World Cup qualifying tie after they defeated Sao Tome and Principe 1-0. They will head into the second leg. Source: QNA
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