The qualifiers will feature 40 countries playing in 130 matches

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IMG and FIFA have agreed a deal for the former to market the worldwide media rights for the African Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup.

130 matches featuring 40 countries will decide which five African teams get to play in Qatar next year, with ten groups of four deciding which teams will go into ten two-leg play-off matches for the places. Premier League stars such as Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez, Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy, and many more will be involved. 

IMG’s deal excludes MENA, Sub-Saharan Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland.

Michael Mellor, SVP, head of football, IMG, said: “This is an extremely exciting package of matches with the growing success of African nations and at major tournaments making the World Cup qualifiers a very attractive proposition for broadcasters around the globe.

“A number of top African players ply their trade in the top leagues and will be household names to viewers around the world.”