The draw for the final qualification round of the African qualifiers of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be hosted in Qatar has been postponed to January 2022, CAF announced on Friday at the 13th Extraordinary Assembly in Cairo, Egypt.

The draw which was initially scheduled to take place on Saturday, 18 December 2021 has now been postponed to Saturday, 22 January 2022.

The clear reason for the postponement was not revealed but CAF confirmed that January 2022 FIFA ranking be used to seed the teams for the draw.

According to FIFA, the top five ranked countries at the time of the draw will be seeded and will therefore be paired against the unseeded five countries.

Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria, Mali, Egypt, Cameroon, DR Congo have secured their spot in the final qualifying round.

According to the latest FIFA ranking released last week Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Nigeria will be in Pot 1 and Pot 2 to avail Egypt, Cameroon, Ghana, Mali and DR Congo.