Saturday Gambia will wait with baited breath for the preliminary draw for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The Gambian team, the Scorpions, hopes for a favorable draw that will hopefully place them in matches against other African countries such as Zimbabwe, Central African Republic (CAF), Sierra Leone and Sudan. The final draw will decide preliminary knock-out matches for Africa’s lowest ranked nations.
The Gambian Scorpions recently defeated Liberia and raised their FIFA ranking. The 12 winners of the knock-out matches will join the other 28 teams remaining in the Confederation of African Football in the second round, the group stage, which consists of 10 groups of four teams. Games will take place from August to November 2013 to determine the five group winners that will qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals. The 2014 FIFA World Cup will feature 32 teams with 1 spot being given to the host, Brazil, and the other 31 spots will be decided by a qualification process.
The 2014 FIFA World Cup seeding CAF pots for preliminary round is as follows:
Pot 1: Mozambique, Congo DR, Togo, Liberia, Tanzania, Kenya, Congo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Burundi, Madagascar, Namibia.
Pot 2: Guinea-Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Swaziland, Comoros, Lesotho, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sao Tome Principe.
Group stage draw include in Pot 1: Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Cameroon, Algeria, and Tunisia.
Pot 2: Gabon, Libya, Morocco, Guinea, Malawi, Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Mali, Cape Verde Islands.
Pot 3: Benin, Zimbabwe, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Niger, Gambia, Angola.