After the draw took place on Thursday we take a look at how the rest of the continent reacted on social media
The draw saw the 14 first-round winners and the 26 highest-ranked African nations drawn into ten groups of four.
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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.
— 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
— 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
🇪🇹 – P2. W0. D1. L1.
🇿🇼 – P4. W2. D1. L1.
🇬🇭 – P7. W2. D1. L4.
World Cup and AFCON (incl. qualifiers). pic.twitter.com/GLTQJM15F8
— 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? 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:
— Benjamin Agirembabazi (@benj_amin11) January 21, 2020
— KANASASIRA (@Ntebekine) January 21, 2020
— 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
— DZ Football (@DZFootball_en) January 21, 2020
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) January 21, 2020
— 🤴🏿King Mawuli Tsidi I 🇬🇭 (@ItzEliInit) January 21, 2020