Namibia to play Eritrea in 2022 World Cup preliminaries

Namibia has been drawn against Eritrea in the Qatar World Cup 2022 Africa Zone Preliminaries during a draw conducted at the Confederation of African Football (Caf) headquarters in Egypt on Monday.

The draw which was monitored on the official Caf twitter account, saw 24 lowly ranked African teams being put in two different pots and paired together.

The 24 teams were divided into two pots, with the 12 lowly ranked teams being placed in pot two while the 12 highly ranked amongst the groups going into pot one.

These matches are scheduled for the 02-10 September 2019 and will be played on home and away basis on these dates.

Namibia, will visit Eritrea first before hosting the return leg

The 14 preliminary round winners and the 26 countries who received byes will be split into 10 groups of four after a fresh draw with the first matches next March.

The draw for the group stages will be conducted after these preliminaries, and the matches of the group stages are expected to run from 23-31 March 2020 until 4-12 October 2020.

The winners from the 10 groups will then engage in five two-leg playoffs with the winners qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Reacting to the draw, the chairperson of the International Federation of Association Football Normalisation Committee Hilda Namundjembo-Basson said Namibia has a great opportunity to progress to the next round as they will be facing the lowest ranked nation on the continent.

We are excited and we will be ready to face them. As for the coaching structure, we will pronounce ourselves when the right time comes. We just need time to interrogate the situation. The coach appointment is a big one, so we need time, she said.

Eritrea is the lowest ranked team on the continent ad are ranked 202 out of 211 in the world.

Namibia is currently ranked 121st in the world and 30th in Africa.

Source: Namibia Press Agency