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THE Warriors were yesterday drawn into a tough Group G consisting of favourites Ghana, bitter rivals South Africa and Ethiopia for the second round of qualifying for the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.

Only the group winners progress to the final round of qualifying and the Warriors have their work cut out as they seek a maiden appearance at the global showpiece.

Forty teams were drawn into 10 groups of four and in each group, the teams will play each other home and away in a mini-league format.

The 10 group winners will progress to the third and final round, which will feature five two-legged play-off ties whose winners will represent Africa in Qatar.


The Warriors battled past lowly Somalia to reach the group phase on a 3-2 aggregate in September following a 1-0 loss away and a dramatic 3-1 win at the National Sports Stadium where all four goals were scored in the last 13 minutes.

Ethiopia made it into the group stages of the qualifiers after beating Lesotho on the away goals rule following a goalless draw at home and a 1-1 deadlock in Maseru.

Ghana and South Africa, who have both been to the World Cup at least twice, were given byes in the first round of qualifying and will start the next round as the top two teams in the group.