Chan 2022 Qualification Draw: Ghana Face Benin Republic

African teams have learned their opponents en route to qualifying for the biennial football showpiece billed for Algeria.

Ghana will face Benin Republic in Zone West A, while South Africa will slug it out with Comoros in the first round qualifiers for a ticket to the 2022 African Nations Championship.

The draw held on Thursday in Egypt was steered by Caf head of competition Khaled Nassar and was assisted by Algeria football great Djamal Menad.

There will be 43 countries looking to qualify for the African football showpiece billed for Algeria, with plenty of ambitious teams that believe they can match the efforts from 2020 reigning champions Morocco.

In Zone West A, Liberia will square up against Senegal, while Sierra Leone try Cape Verde for size with the Gambia aiming to negotiate their way past Guinea Bissau in the first round.

Ghana versus Benin Republic is the only first round clash in Zone West B, with the winners over two legs setting up a date with Nigeria’s Super Eagles.

Meanwhile, Cote d’Ivoire vs Burkina Faso, and Togo vs Niger Republic headline the fixtures in the second round.

Central African Republic, Congo, DR Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, and Chad will lock horns against one another to present the three representatives in the Central Zone.

In the same vein, Central East will present three countries from Ethiopia, South Sudan, Somalia, and Tanzania.

South Africa are eyeing a third appearance at the biennial African football showpiece, albeit, they must scale the Comoros hurdle in the first round.

Chan 2023 was originally scheduled to be played from 10 July to 1 August 2022. Nonetheless, Caf rescheduled it to January 2023, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Morocco defeated Mali in the final of the 2021 edition staged in Cameroon.