The CAF qualifying draw for the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2008
was held in Tripoli (Libya) last Saturday. The ten participating
teams were drawn into two groups, giving the following line-ups for
the qualifying tournament from 21 to 30 March:
In Group A, hosts Libya take on Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Cameroon. Group B comprises Egypt, Zambia, South Africa, Angola and Mozambique.
South Africa face Angola in the opening match on 21 March, with the final set for 30 March.
For the first time since the inaugural FIFA Futsal World Cup in the Netherlands in 1989, two African teams will contest the showcase global event.
At the last three FIFA Futsal World Cup finals - Chinese Taipei 2004, Guatemala 2000 and Spain 1996 - Egypt were the sole representatives of the continent set to stage the FIFA World Cup™ for the first time in 2010.
The FIFA Futsal World Cup 2008 takes place from 30 September to 19 October in Brazil. For the first time, the finals feature a starting field of 20, drawn from the FIFA Confederations as follows: AFC: 4, CAF: 2, CONCACAF: 3, CONMEBOL: 3 + host nation, OFC: 1, UEFA: 6. The Final Draw takes place on 6 July.