Ghana’s has been paired with South Africa, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia in Group G of the second round of African qualifiers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
The ceremony took place in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, as newly-appointed Ghana coach Charles Akonnor and representatives of 40 African countries watched France legend Marcel Desailly and Clementine Toure assisted Samson Adamu to conduct the draw that would determine their face in the FIFA World Cup camapign.
Ghana was among 10 seeded countries which did not take part in the first round of qualifiers.
In the new format of the qualifiers, Ghana’s Black Stars will have to top the group in order to get to reach the third round of qualifiers where they will be paired against another qualifier in a home-and-away knockout for a a place at Qatar 2022.
Ghana are hoping to return to the FIFA World Cup after missing out on the 2018 tournament in Russia, having played in three successive tournaments in 2006, 2010 and 2014 in Germany, South Africa and Brazil respectively.
For Ghana, their pairing with South Africa means the two teams will be facing each other more times in 2020 and 2021 as they are both in the same AFCON 2021 qualifying group.
Ghana beat South Africa 2-0 in Cape Coast on November 19 20291 in the opening round of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers and they will meet a few more times in the calendar year.
The teams representing 40 countries across the CAF region were divided into 10 groups of four teams each for the penultimate stage of the continental journey to Qatar.
The second round is scheduled to begin in October 2020 and will conclude in October 2021.
The third round will see the 10 group winners drawn into five two-legged knockout ties to be played in November 2021.
For the biggest clash of the series, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroun have been placed in the same group D meaning that one of them will not be going to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.