Warriors braced for World Cup qualifiers

Namibia's senior men's football side, the Brave Warriors, will find out in January who their opponents are for the second round of the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

13 December 2019 | Sports

The Caf draw for the second round of the preliminary competition for the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers will take place on 21 January at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Cairo, Egypt.

The draw will see 14 winners, which includes Namibia, of round one joining the 26 top-seeded African teams to form ten groups of four.

The 10 group winners will then advance to round three of the World Cup qualifiers.

The Warriors of Namibia, led by interim coach Bobby Samaria, progressed to the second round after defeating the Red-Sea Boys of Eritrea 2-1 in the first round leg one, and then beating them 2-0 in the second leg: this then resulted in a 4-1 aggregate.

After the draw, the second round of Africa's qualifiers will kick off in March 2020 and will conclude in October 2021, with Namibia hoping to cross that hurdle to make it to the third round.

In round three, scheduled for November 2021, the ten group winners from round two will be paired up for knockout matches, with the five winners securing a berth for the football World Cup to take place in the tiny Gulf country of Qatar.

The tournament will take place from 21 November and conclude on 18 December 2022. The host country is at the moment busy organising a tournament which they hope will be different from the ones that have preceded it.

The country has never hosted an event on the scale of the World Cup and many are worried about the availability of accommodation and restaurants to cater for the million foreign fans expected to flock to Qatar.

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