Ghana readies for World Cup draw

14 years ago

President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi is leading Ghana’s delegation for Sunday’s preliminary draw in South Africa for the 2010 World Cup competition.

Also part of the Ghanaian delegation that left Accra on Friday night is FA Vice-President, Fred Pappoe.

Durban would host a total of 170 countries who would be vying for 31 places at the World Cup finals with hosts, South Africa guaranteed a spot at the tournament.

There will be 861 qualifying matches across the globe to determine the line-up for the 2010 World Cup finals, lasting more than 800 days and finishing in November 2009.

Ghana, who qualified for their debut World Cup, during the last edition of the World Cup, is one of the 48 countries that would be placed into one of the 12 groups for the African qualifiers when the evening rounds off on Sunday.

The Black Stars who reached the round-of-16 at the last World Cup hosted by Germany would be chasing one of the 5 African spots at the finals.

Africa has two more rounds of qualification to go with the first of which is already completed.

FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke said the seeding for qualifying groups in Africa had been determined.

However, the FIFA general secretary added that it needed to be ratified by the competition's organising committee, which meets in Durban on Saturday, before being announced.

The FIFA rankings are being used to determine the seeds for the various continental qualification groups.

Ghana, who are amongst the top ten nations on the continents ranking table is are expected to be seeded.