By Tione Andsen
Malawi’s football fraternity should keep the fingers across as the draw for Fifa World Cup 2022 will be conducted January 21, 2020.
The draw will be held at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Cairo from 7 pm with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) draw for the second round of the preliminary competition.
Flames will be baying to be grouped in a relative fair group for it to advance to the third round and weigh their chances of making to the first world Cup appearance in Qatar.
The ceremony will see the 14 winners of Round One join the 26 top-seeded African teams to form 10 groups of four based on the December 2019 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, with the 10 group winners then advancing to Round three.
The second round of Africa’s qualifiers will kick off in March 2020 and will conclude in October 2021.
In Round three, which is scheduled for November 2021, the 10 group winners from Round two will be paired up for knockout matches, with the five winners securing a berth at Qatar 2022.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar between November 21 and December 18, 2022.
Malawi advanced to the second after they beat Botswana 1-0 in the two legged qualifiers.
The Flames of Malawi will be guided under the tutelageof local coach, Meke Mwase whosecontract for the job is yet to be signed.
Mwase has guided Malawi in the African of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers in Group A alongside Burkina Faso, Uganda and South Sudan.
Currently the Flames are third in their group with three points from two games.
France are the defending champions of World Cupthey won in Russia 2018.-MANA