FIFA.com and YouTube to stream African qualifiers for 2022 World Cup

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 25: A FIFA logo seen near the headquarter Home of FIFA ahead of tomorrow's Extraordinary FIFA Congress to elect a new FIFA President at Hallenstadion on February 25, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
A FIFA logo seen near the headquarter Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Football fans around the world will be able to watch the preliminary round of the CAF qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar.

FIFA plans to make all 28 matches from this round available on FIFA.com or on its YouTube channel as live, delayed or with highlights.

A list of the first-round ties which will be played between September 4 and 10, and broadcast live will be published on FIFA.com.

“Bringing this exciting action to a global audience for the first time underscores FIFA’s ongoing digital transformation and its ongoing efforts to support football development in Africa and connect more fans with the beautiful game,” FIFA said in a statement on its website.

Footballers, active and retired, took to social media to show their appreciation for the initiative by FIFA.

FIFA will be broadcasting six matches live on Wednesday: Burundi v Tanzania, Ethiopia v Lesotho, South Sudan v Equatorial Guinea, Mauritius v Mozambique, Sao Tome e Principe v Guinea Bissau and Liberia v Sierra Leone.

The winners of the preliminary round of African qualifiers will join the continent’s 26 exempted teams in the group stage of the qualifiers.

There will be 10 groups of four teams. The group winners will then be drawn to play against each other in a two-legged tie with the five winners eventually advancing to represent Africa at the World Cup.

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