CAF WCQs For 2022 [R]

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  1. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    The format is what CAF used for 2014. 26 teams start in Round 2, and 28 teams start in Round 1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2022_FIFA_World_Cup_qualification_(CAF)#Matches has the Round 1 matches, which will be from 2 to 10 September. The 14 aggregate winners and the top 26 teams will be drawn into 10 groups of 4. The group winners will play aggregates to determine the 5 qualifiers. October and November have Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, and the WCQ Group Stage starts in March. http://www.football-rankings.info/2019/08/caf-qualification-world-cup-2022.html has Round 1 probabilities:

    Zimbabwe* 93.11% vs. Somalia
    Eswatini* 82.40% vs. Djibouti
    Equatorial Guinea* 75.58% vs. South Sudan
    Rwanda* 74.41% vs. Seychelles
    Namibia* 71.44% vs. Eritrea
    Togo* 71.12% vs. Comoros
    Guinea-Bissau *66.47% vs. Sao Tome e Principe
    Mozambique* 64.76% vs. Mauritius
    Chad 58.90% vs. Sudan*
    Gambia: 55.80% vs. Angola*
    Botswana 54.65% vs. Malawi*
    Liberia 53.21% vs. Sierra Leone*
    Burundi 52.78% vs. Tanzania*
    Ethiopia 51.71% vs. Lesotho*

    I wrote that with the higher probability first, not to show who hosts what leg. The teams with the better FIFA Ranking are marked with a *, and those teams host the second leg. The formula expects the team with the better FIFA Ranking to advance in the first eight pairings and the team with the worse FIFA Ranking to advance in the last six pairings. By "first eight" and "last six," I mean the order I typed them in here. The pairings are not in any order related to qualification.
     
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  2. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Here are first leg results from yesterday and today along with the dates of the second legs:

    Ethiopia 0-0 Lesotho (8 September)
    Somalia 1-0 Zimbabwe (Somalia's first ever WCQ win) (8 September)
    Eritrea 1-2 Nambia (10 September)
    Burundi 1-1 Tanzania (8 September)
    Djibouti 2-1 Eswatini (10 September)
    Liberia 3-1 Sierra Leone (8 September)
    Mauritius 0-1 Mozambique (10 September)
    Sao Tome e Principe 0-1 Guinea-Bissau (10 September)
    South Sudan 1-1 Equatorial Guinea (8 September)
    Chad 1-3 Sudan (10 September)
    Seychelles 0-3 Rwanda (10 September)

    In 11 games, no team scored more than 3. There are 14 pairs. Here are the dates for the 3 pairs that have not played their first legs yet with the first leg home team typed first:

    Botswana vs. Malawi: 7 September and 10 September
    Gambia vs. Angola: 6 September and 10 September
    Comors vs. Togo: 6 September and 10 September
     
  3. EvanJ

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    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  4. EvanJ

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    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    #4 EvanJ, Sep 7, 2019
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2019
    https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/djibouti-spring-upset-as-world-cup-qualifying-begins-in-africa is titled "Djibouti spring upset as World Cup qualifying begins in Africa." It has links to highlights of Wednesday's eight games.

    https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/africa-world-cup-qualifying-round-1-matchday-2-3048946 is titled "Historic victory for Somalia, Sudan and Rwanda claim away wins." It has highlights of Thursday's three games.

    https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/...o-african-world-cup-qualifying-review-3049056 is titled "Advantage Angola as Comoros and Togo share spoils." It has highlights of yesterday's two games.

    Botswana is hosting Malawi and the game is scoreless in the 75th minute. That is the fourteenth and final first leg.

    Edit: https://www.fifa.com/news/the-week-in-numbers-x7583 says:

    "14 matches winless in World Cup qualifying is what Sudan had gone – three draws and 11 defeats – until a 3-1 win in Chad. Ramadan Alagab became the first player to score a hat-trick for Sudan in qualifying for the global finals, 62 years after their first preliminary.."

    Botswana 0-0 Malawi ended.
     
  5. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

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    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Lesotho 1-1 Ethiopia (1-1 aggregate, Ethiopia advance on away goals)

    Tanzania 1-1 Burundi (2-2 aggregate after both games were 1-1, no goals in extra time of the second leg, Tanzania won penalty kicks 3-0 after the minimum 3 shooters)

    Sierra Leone 1-0 Liberia (Liberia won aggregate 3-2)

    Equatorial Guinea 1-0 South Sudan (2-1 aggregate)

    The other ten second legs are tomorrow. The Group Stage begins on March 23 or shortly after depending on how the games are spread out. March 23 is 195 days after tomorrow.
     
  6. Every Four Years

    May 16, 2015
    Johns Creek, Georgia
    Nat'l Team:
    India
    So, footballrankings predicted that 6 Pot 2 teams would advance, of which only 2 (Liberia and Ethiopia) did. The third team from Pot 2 that ended up advancing, Djibouti, was the second least likely to advance. Somalia, the least likely, nearly advanced too. This is quite useful, thanks. It really illustrates the significance of today's upsets (and near-upsets).
     
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  7. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

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    Mar 30, 2004
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    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
  8. EvanJ

    EvanJ Member+

    Manchester United
    United States
    Mar 30, 2004
    Nassau County, NY
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    https://www.fifa.com/news/the-week-in-numbers-x6289 says:

    "23 years had passed since Guinea-Bissau won a World Cup qualifier – they edged a Titi Camara-spearheaded Guinea in 1996 – until back-to-back victories over Sao Tome e Principe sent them into the second round of the African preliminaries for the first time."
     

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