Africa reacts to 2022 World Cup draw on social media


After the draw took place on Thursday we take a look at how the rest of the continent reacted on social media

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

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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

— Velile Mnyandu 🇿🇦 (@Velile_Mnyandu) January 21, 2020

— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) 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. 

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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:

🇪🇹 – P2. W0. D1. L1.

🇿🇼 – P4. W2. D1. L1.

🇬🇭 – P7. W2. D1. L4.

World Cup and AFCON (incl. qualifiers).

— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) January 21, 2020

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?

— Jerome Otchere (@JeromeOtchere) January 21, 2020

Elsewhere, Ugandans welcomed their draw while this is how the rest of the continent reacted to the draw: 

Uganda is qualifying for world cup for the first time #Qatar2022 #WorldCup

— Benjamin Agirembabazi (@benj_amin11) January 21, 2020

We all know Rwanda Ain’t coming to Uganda for the World Cup qualifiers 😂😂 thats three points for the @UgandaCranes #Qatar2022

— KANASASIRA (@Ntebekine) January 21, 2020

Congratulations Uganda on qualifying for a first Fifa World Cup final. #Qatar2022 #FifaWorldCup

— Jacobs Odongo Seaman (@JacobsOSeaman) January 21, 2020

Egypt will qualify for 3rd round and also further upto #Qatar2022

— BLUE PILGRIM Vinod S Nair 🇮🇳 (@nairnrc) January 21, 2020

— #3sports (@3SportsGh) January 22, 2020

This is what happened the last time Algeria played Burkina Faso in World Cup qualifying… #WCQ

— DZ Football (@DZFootball_en) January 21, 2020

— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) January 21, 2020

Damn Ghana 🇬🇭… we got the toughest group out of here…Going to this world Cup is A Must!! #WorldCup #WCQ

— 🤴🏿King Mawuli Tsidi I 🇬🇭 (@ItzEliInit) January 21, 2020

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