African sides have learned who they will face in 2018 World Cup qualifying following Saturday’s draw in St Petersburg, Russia.
Fifty-three African countries were in the draw, with only Zimbabwe missing following their expulsion by Fifa for failing to pay a former coach.
Africa has been allocated five spots in the finals, which will be played in Russia from 14 June to 15 July.
There will be three rounds of qualifying for the African sides.
Round one features the lowest 26 ranked countries on the continent in Fifa’s July rankings. The winners of those ties advance to round two where they will join the remaining 27 highest-ranked teams.
In the final round, five groups of four teams will meet both home and away and the winner of each group will qualify for Russia 2018.
Former Cameroon striker, Samuel Eto’o was on stage in Russia to help with the Africans draw, and pull out his own nation.
The Indomitable Lions will feature in round two and will take on the winners of the tie between Somalia and Niger.
In the pick of the other ties, 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa face a tough second round meeting against Angola; the African champions Ivory Coast will play either Liberia or Guinea Bissau, and the 2015 runners-up Ghana will face either Comoros or Lesotho.
Nigeria, under new coach Sunday Oliseh, will play either Djibouti or Swaziland, and Algeria – Africa’s highest ranked nation – will play the winners of Tanzania v Malawi.
13 two-legged ties, play home and away between 5-13 October 2015.
First Round Matches
Somalia v Niger
Eritrea v Botswana
South Sudan v Mauritania
Seychelles v Burundi
Gambia v Namibia
Liberia v Guinea Bissau
Sao Tome e Principe v Ethiopia
Central African Republic v Madagascar
Chad v Sierra Leone
Mauritius v Kenya
Comoros v Lesotho
Tanzania v Malawi
Djibouti v Swaziland
The winners of the first round plus 27 highest-ranked teams in Africa with all 40 teams paired into 20 ties, play home and away between 9-17 November, 2015.
Second Round Matches
Somalia/Niger v Cameroon
Central African Republic/Madagascar v Senegal
South Sudan/Mauritania v Tunisia
Mauritius/Kenya v Cape Verde Islands
Gambia/Namibia v Guinea
Tanzania/Malawi v Algeria
Sao Tome e Principe/ Ethiopia v Congo Brazzaville
Sudan v Zambia
Chad/Sierra Leone v Egypt
Libya v Rwanda
Comoros/Lesotho v Ghana
Morocco v Equatorial Guinea
Djibouti/Swaziland v Nigeria
Mozambique v Gabon
Eritrea/Botswana v Mali
Benin v Burkina Faso
Seychelles/Burundi v DR Congo
Togo v Uganda
Liberia/Guinea Bissau v Ivory Coast
Angola v South Africa
20 winners of the second round will form five groups of four teams who will meet both home and away. Matches to be played between 3, October 2016 and 14 November 2017; the five group winners qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia.
The FIFA confederations of Africa, Oceania, South America, Concacaf (North, Central America and the Caribbean) and Europe were drawn. Qualifying has already started in Asia.
Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxembourg
Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Andorra
Germany, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan, San Marino
Wales , Austria, Serbia, Republic of Ireland, Moldova, Georgia
Romania, Denmark, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia, Kazakhstan
England, Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta
Spain, Italy, Albania, Israel, FYR Macedonia, Liechtenstein
Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus
Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland;
Nine group winners qualify. Eight runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups proceed to play-offs. Russia automatically qualifies as host.