By Florence mafomemeh
The draw for the FIFA World Cup slated for Qatar later this year was held in its capital Doha on Friday. As of now, 29 of the 32 teams including Africa’s five flag bearers have officially qualified for the grand event. The three remaining slots to be filled by teams still having playoffs matches will be confirmed by June this year.
In Group B, Wales, Scotland and Ukraine will battle for the last spot while Peru, UAE and Australia will play to decide who joins France, Denmark, Tunisia in Group D. Costa Rica or New Zealand will pick up the last ticket in Group E.
The draw was done from four pots beginning with pot 1 and ending with pot 4. All participating teams are placed in Pots 1 to 4 based on their FIFA World Rankings.
Each pot is completely emptied before moving on. As for the standard draw procedure, a ball from a team pot is drawn, followed by a ball from one of the group pots, thus determining the position in which the team will play.
Here are the groups made up of nations representing FIFA’s football confederations
The World Cup takes place across eight stadiums in Qatar from November 21 to December 18. Qatar, the host nation, will take on Ecuador in the opening match on November 21.