The African football governing body, Confederation of African Football {CAF}, on Tuesday confirmed the dates and times for the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations Cote D’ivore 2023 preliminary draw.

CAF also anounced the dates and times for the draw for the slated FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 African nation qualifier play-offs.

The 2023 AFCON draw, according to CAF, will be held on Friday, January 21, 2022 16:00hrs EAT in Douala.

The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022,African qualifiers preliminary third round draw, meanwhile, will take place on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 16:00hrs EAT at the same venue.

“The TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cote D’ivore 2023 Preliminary Round draw will be conducted on Friday, 21 January at 2022 at 16h00 {15h00 GMT, 17h00 CAT} in Douala.

“The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, African Qualifiers Third Round draw will be conducted on Saturday, 22 January 2022 at 16h00 at the same venue, in Douala. {15h00 GMT, 17h00 CAT}, CAF confirmed on Monday.

AFCON 2023 Preliminary third round will see 12 least ranked teams divided into two levels. The six highest ranked teams will play against the six least ranked teams with the lower ranked teams hosting the first leg.

The six aggregate winner – over the two legs of matches- will thereafter,join the 42 highest ranked teams into the group stage of the qualifiers.

The teams are grouped according to the following levels:
LEVEL 1:
Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Gambia, South Sudan and Mauritius.

LEVEL 2:
Chad, Sao Tome and Principe, Djibouti, Somalia, Seychelles and Eritrea.

THE FIFA WORLD CUP QATAR 2022 – AFRICAN QUALIFIERS:
These category, the 10 qualified teams will be divided into two levels based on the official FIFA Ranking of the national teams as of November 2021.

The five highest ranked teams will play against the five least ranked teams with lower ranked teams hosting the first leg play.

Based on the FIFA Ranking released on 19 November 2021 after the last round of qualifiers, the two POTS shall look like this:

POT 1:
Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Nigeria.

POT 2:
Egypt, Cameroon, Mali, DR Congo and Ghana.