South Africa will face Ghana, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia in Group G, in the World Cup qualifier draw announced on Tuesday.

African champions Algeria will begin their bid for a place at the 2022 World Cup against tiny Djibouti in October after the draw was made for the qualifying group stage in Cairo.

Only the top team in each of the 10 pools advance to the final knockout stages, where they will play home and away for a place in Qatar, and Algeria will be confident of advancing from Group A that also contains Burkina Faso and Niger.

Senegal also have a favourable draw in Group H along with Congo-Brazzaville, Namibia and Togo, the latter a shadow of the side that qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Nigeria are in Group C along with Cape Verde Islands, Central African Republic and Liberia, which should cause few alarms.

One of Cameroon and Ivory Coast will be eliminated at this stage after they were drawn together in Group D along with Mozambique and Malawi.

They must also face , who are both tricky opponents.

North African powerhouse Tunisia are in Group B with Zambia, Mauritania and Equatorial Guinea, while Egypt have been handed a difficult road in a pool with Gabon, Libya and Angola.

The qualifiers will get under way in October, with the pool stage completed 12 months later.

The 10 group winners will then face-off in November 2021, with the five victors of those knockout matches sealing a place at the World Cup.

The draw:

Group A
Algeria
Burkina Faso
Niger
Djibouti

Group B
Tunisia
Zambia
Mauritania
Equatorial Guinea

Group C
Nigeria
Cape Verde Islands
Central African Republic
Liberia

Group D
Cameroon
Ivory Coast
Mozambique
Malawi

Group E
Mali
Uganda
Kenya
Rwanda

Group F
Egypt
Gabon
Libya
Angola

Group G
Ghana
South Africa
Zimbabwe
Ethiopia

Group H
Senegal
Congo-Brazzaville
Namibia
Togo

Group I
Morocco
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Sudan

Group J
Democratic Republic of Congo
Benin
Madagascar
Tanzania