CAIRO – African teams will contest a final playoff round in their World Cup 2022 qualification campaign, a system last employed for the 2014 tournament, the Confederation of African Football (Caf) has decided.
Qualifiers for the next World Cup in Qatar will be divided into three stages, with two rounds of knockout ties on either side of league competition, officials said.
The 28 lowest-ranked sides on the continent will first contest a knockout round over two legs, with the 14 winners advancing to the group stage.
The 28 include Madagascar, who reached the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals last week.
The winners will join the 26 highest-ranked sides in a 40-team, 10-group pool phase that will be played over 18 months.