Namibia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Guinea will contest Group 2 of the African region after the draw for the 2010 FIFA World Cup preliminary round matches was made in Durban, South Africa on Sunday afternoon.
African nations will compete in 12 groups of four teams each, with the winners and the eight best runners up progressing to the next round of qualifiers. Five groups of four teams each will contest the second round with the group winners qualifying automatically for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.
These five wining teams will be joined by South Africa, who qualify automatically as the hosts for the 2010 World Cup.
Despite their automatic qualification as the hosts, South Africa was also drawn in the preliminary group stages since it will serve as a qualifying event for the 2010 African Cup of Nations finals in Angola.
Teams in the 12 groups will play each other on a round robin home and away basis starting in 2008.
The 12 African groups are as follows:
Mauritius, Tanzania, Cape Verde, Cameroon
Kenya, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Guinea
Benin, Niger, Uganda, Angola
Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Nigeria
Gabon, Lesotho, Libya, Ghana
Liberia, Gambia, Algeria, Senegal
Botswana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Ivory Coast
Rwanda, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Morocco
Burundi, Burkina Faso, Seychelles, Tunisia
Sudan, Chad, Congo, Mali
Swaziland, Eritrea, Zambia, Togo
Djibouti, Malawi, DR Congo, Egypt