Ghana skip preliminary round for 2022 FIFA World Cup African qualifiers

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Black Stars have drawn a bye for the 2022 World Cup preliminary qualifying round following Monday’s draw by the Confederation of African Football in Cairo.

Ghana together with 25 other teams would skip the preliminary round matches which gets underway in September.

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Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Guinea, Cape Verde, Uganda, Zambia, Benin, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville, Madagascar, Niger, Libya, Mauritania, Kenya, Central African Republic are other teams to draw a bye at this stage of the qualifiers.

The 14 preliminary round winners and the 26 countries who received byes will be split into 10 groups of four after a fresh draw with the first matches next March.

Group winners then go into five two-leg playoffs with the winners qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.