There were a few surprises following the draw to map the African nations' route to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on Tuesday 21 January in Cairo, Egypt.
The draw saw the 14 first-round winners and the 26 highest-ranked African nations drawn into ten groups of four.
Amongst the few surprises was confirmation that either Cameroon or Ivory Coast will miss out on Qatar after the two were drawn against each other in Group D alongside Mozambique and Malawi
The Indomitable Lions have represented Africa at a record seven World Cups, while Ivory Coast have made three appearances and African fans had their share of thoughts on this contest.
Cameroon and Ivory Coast in the same group, replica of the Germany 2006 qualifiers. Will the Ivorians deny Cameroon again? #Qatar2022— Umetex 🎧™️ (@ChigEmic) January 21, 2020
Some very interesting match ups in this draw, Group D.... Ivory Coast 🇨🇮 or Cameroon 🇨🇲 not going through. Not an easy ride for Egypt in Group F. #sabcnews #WCQ2022 @CAF_Online pic.twitter.com/Eij0WYaSGj— Velile Mnyandu 🇿🇦 (@Velile_Mnyandu) January 21, 2020
In another group that features two teams that have both played at the global spectacle, South Africa face familiar foes after they were drawn in Group G alongside Southern African neighbours Zimbabwe, Ghana and Ethiopia for a place in Qatar.
Some South African's have chosen to remain optimistic while others have decided to focus on the 2026 World Cup following reports that there could be an increase in African slots.
Can't wait for 2026, where Africa will get 9 teams, then we'll have a realistic chance.— Luthando (@Tailorminator) January 22, 2020
After #Bafana were drawn against Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Ghana, here’s how their competitive record looks against their #Qatar2022 #WCQ opponents:— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) January 21, 2020
🇪🇹 - P2. W0. D1. L1.
🇿🇼 - P4. W2. D1. L1.
🇬🇭 - P7. W2. D1. L4.
World Cup and AFCON (incl. qualifiers). pic.twitter.com/GLTQJM15F8
Bafana Bafana 🇿🇦 have not played at the World Cup since hosting the tournament in 2010. Coach Molefi Ntseki would want to change that but can he do that? pic.twitter.com/wzjzzJiT4M— Jerome Otchere (@JeromeOtchere) January 21, 2020
Elsewhere, Ugandans welcomed their draw while this is how the rest of the continent reacted to the draw:
Egypt will qualify for 3rd round and also further upto #Qatar2022— BLUE PILGRIM Vinod S Nair 🇮🇳 (@nairnrc) January 21, 2020