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Fifa yet to announce group stage draw

World football governing body, Fifa, is yet to announce the date for the 2022 World Cup Africa qualifying round group stage draw.

Malawi’s Flames qualified for the group stage alongside 13 other teams that played in the preliminary round to join 26 sides that were seeded.

Confederation of African Football (Caf), which is in charge of the continental qualifiers, has hinted that the group stage games would take place next March between 13 and 31 latest.

“The 14 winning teams from the preliminary round will join the 26 exempted teams for the group stage, which will have 10 groups of four teams each.

“The draw for the groups will be based on the seeding of the 40 teams into four pots according to the official ranking of Fifa. Each group will contain a team from each of the pot. The details for draw will be communicated later,” a post on the Caf website reads.

The Flames, who also reached the group qualifying stage for the 2010 World Cup but faltered along the way, beat Botswana 1-0 at Kamuzu Stadium courtesy of Gerald Phiri Junior’s goal on Tuesday to sail through.

Each winner of the four-member 10 groups will make it to the final two-legged qualifying round to produce five best teams for the Qatar finals.

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