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 final round. This round will be played March 2020 to October 2021.
The 10 group winners will be drawn into head-to-head, two-legged ties for one of the five places at the World Cup. Fixtures to be played in November 2021.
Defending AFCON champions Algeria, featuring Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez, will face Burkina Faso, Niger, and Djibouti in Group A.
Nigeria are in Group C along with Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic and Liberia, which should cause few alarms.
The draw was made in Cairo with the group breakdown as follows:
Cape Verde Islands
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Information from Reuters was used in this report.