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2022 World Cup draw: Some 'easy' groups await Africa's giants, but they must beware overconfidence

The 40 African nations still standing in the qualifying campaign for the 2022 World Cup learned the identities of their group stage opponents during a star-studded event at The Nile Ritz-Carlton in Cairo on Tuesday, but not everyone will be happy with their lot.

Teams were drawn into 10 groups of four teams, with the winners of each pool set to advance to two-legged playoffs.

Here's ESPN's group-by-group guide to the 10 pools in light of Tuesday's draw; who are the winners and losers from the second...

Nigeria 'careful but we are optimistic' after World Cup qualifying draw

Such is the state of Nigerian football at the moment that even something as benign as the draw ceremony for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, held in Egypt on Tuesday evening, came fraught with controversy.

Gernot Rohr, who coaches the Nigeria Super Eagles team and has been at every other draw ceremony since taking the job, was not present in Egypt. Instead, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) general secretary Mohammed Sanusi represented Nigeria.

An NFF official told ESPN that the coach missed the ceremony...

World Cup qualifying: South Africa, Ghana face tough roads to Qatar

Craig Burley praises Sadio Mane, after the Liverpool and Senegal star won the CAF African Player of the Year.

Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, and South Africa face tough roads to Qatar as African qualifying competition for the 2022 World Cup was unveiled on Tuesday.

Group D, which features regional powers Cameroon and Ivory Coast, will also include Mozambique and Malawi.

Ghana and South Africa, already paired together in the qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, will join Zimbabwe and Ethiopia in Group G.

In total, 40 teams were into 10 groups of four teams, with the group winners advancing to...

The tale of Samson Siasia and the importance of reading emails from FIFA

Former Nigeria coach Samson Siasia infamously hates anything to do with technology. So much so that even sending him an email has historically been an exercise in futility, and this, he says, has led to his FIFA lifetime ban for corruption.

The former Super Eagles player was handed the ban by FIFA last August for allegedly agreeing "to receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches", but says he never saw the emails from FIFA calling him to hearings.

The embattled coach, who has led not...

Kelechi Iheanacho sets comeback template for Henry Onyekuru to follow

The FC guys explain why they still see Leicester as favourites for the top four despite their recent downturn.
Kelechi Iheanacho's strike secures a 1-1 draw for Leicester City vs. Aston Villa. Watch the Carabao Cup on ESPN+.

Not so long ago there was the widespread feeling that Kelechi Iheanacho's career was on the highway to nowhere.

At 22, heading into his 23rd year, and despite a good preseason showing, he was unable to get into Leicester City's match-day squad, let alone get on the field as the new English Premier League campaign commenced, then progressed.

Not until December did he make his first Premier League appearance, a full four months after the start of the season.

Prior to that, he had made five appearances...