Africa World Cup Qualifiers

The African World Cup Qualifiers enter their second round during the September 2021 international break. And, in welcome news for soccer fans who are on a tight budget, all games will be available for free on YouTube.

Starting a year ago in September, 2019, FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) made a hefty investment. The groups’ investments in TV production now allows the Africa World Cup Qualifiers to air worldwide via YouTube.

Unlike many of the worldwide qualifiers, these games are available for free on YouTube through FIFA’s official channel.

Giving the FIFATV YouTube Channel a quick scan, one can see the 40 games scheduled for the first two matchdays.

READ MORE: The complete TV guide for all World Cup qualifiers.

Africa World Cup Qualifiers format

CAF uses a multi-stage format to send their teams to the World Cup. For Africa, five teams will qualify for the group stage in Qatar.

In September 2019, 28 teams played home-and-away ties to reach the second stage. These 28 teams are the bottom-half of the CAF ranking issued by FIFA in July 2019. After the two-leg tie, these 14 teams, along with the 24 teams receiving a bye to the second round, enter the group stage in round two.

The 40 teams go into 10 groups of four. Each team plays each team in their group twice. One game is at home, the other is on the road. After each team plays their six games, the group winners enter a random draw to play another group winner in a home-and-away tie in the third round.

At the end of the tournament, there are five teams remaining, and these teams travel to Qatar for the World Cup.

This format differs from the previous renditions of the tournament. For example, in 2018, the group stage of the competition came in the third round. Then, it was five groups of four, with the group winners reaching the World Cup in Russia.

Regardless of any changes, the Africa World Cup Qualifiers never seem to disappoint. Additionally, that holds true for the first round in this cycle.

Somalia, the second-to-last ranked team in Africa, went up against Zimbabwe, the best team in the first stage. Somalia won at home 1-0. Later, a dramatic second leg came down to a 90th-minute winner. Three goals in the last five minutes saw Zimbabwe punch their ticket to the second stage of the competition.

Expect the same drama in the second round of the tournament, with all games available for free on the FIFATV YouTube channel.

Africa World Cup Qualifiers schedule

Wednesday, September 1

09:00 am EDT
Central African Republic vs. Cape Verde

YouTube

12:00 pm EDT
Senegal vs. Togo

YouTube

12:00 pm EDT
Guinea-Bissau vs. Guinea

YouTube

03:00 pm EDT
Libya vs. Gabon

YouTube

03:00 pm EDT
Mali vs. Rwanda

YouTube

Thursday, September 2

09:00 am EDT
Kenya vs. Uganda

YouTube

09:00 am EDT
DR Congo vs. Tanzania

YouTube

12:00 pm EDT
Niger vs. Burkina Faso

YouTube

12:00 pm EDT
Namibia vs. Congo

YouTube

12:00 pm EDT
Madagascar vs. Benin

YouTube

03:00 pm EDT
Egypt vs. Angola

YouTube

03:00 pm EDT
Morocco vs. Sudan

YouTube

03:00 pm EDT
Algeria vs. Djibouti

YouTube

Friday, September 3

09:00 am EDT
Zimbabwe vs. South Africa

YouTube

09:00 am EDT
Mozambique vs. Ivory Coast

YouTube

12:00 pm EDT
Nigeria vs. Liberia

YouTube

12:00 pm EDT
Mauritania vs. Zambia

YouTube

03:00 pm EDT
Tunisia vs. Equatorial Guinea

YouTube

03:00 pm EDT
Ghana vs. Ethiopia

YouTube

03:00 pm EDT
Cameroon vs. Malawi

YouTube

Sunday, September 5

09:00 am EDT
Rwanda vs. Kenya

YouTube

12:00 pm EDT
Togo vs. Namibia

YouTube

03:00 pm EDT
Gabon vs. Egypt

YouTube

Monday, September 6

09:00 am EDT
Benin vs. DR Congo

YouTube

09:00 am EDT
Uganda vs. Mali

YouTube

09:00 am EDT
Djibouti vs. Niger

YouTube

12:00 pm EDT
South Africa vs. Ghana

YouTube

12:00 pm EDT
Liberia vs. Central African Republic

YouTube

12:00 pm EDT
Guinea vs. Morocco

YouTube

03:00 pm EDT
Ivory Coast vs. Cameroon

YouTube

Tuesday, September 7

09:00 am EDT
Zambia vs. Tunisia

YouTube

09:00 am EDT
Tanzania vs. Madagascar

YouTube

09:00 am EDT
Malawi vs. Mozambique

YouTube

12:00 pm EDT
Ethiopia vs. Zimbabwe

YouTube

12:00 pm EDT
Cape Verde vs. Nigeria

YouTube

12:00 pm EDT
Congo vs. Senegal

YouTube

12:00 pm EDT
Equatorial Guinea vs. Mauritania

YouTube

03:00 pm EDT
Sudan vs. Guinea-Bissau

YouTube

03:00 pm EDT
Burkina Faso vs. Algeria

YouTube

03:00 pm EDT
Angola vs. Libya

YouTube

Original Source
Author: Kyle Fansler

Categories:

Tags:

Comments are closed