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Africa's 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw: Everything you need to know

The road to Qatar begins for Africa's giants on Tuesday at the World Cup 2022 qualifying group-stage draw at the The Nile Ritz-Carlton in Cairo.

The event, which begins at 19:00 CAT, will decide the 10 qualifying groups for the second round of the campaign, as the continent's top ranked sides join the minnows to have advanced from the preliminaries.

Here's all you need to know ahead of one of the biggest evenings in the African football calendar.

What's happened so far?

While Tuesday's draw marks...

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Al Sadd beat Al Duhail 4-0 in the final as the club won their seventh title in the competition, which was established in 1995.

Al Sadd's nearest competitor, Al-Rayyan has won four titles.

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The Socceroos will tackle global superstar Lionel Messi and Argentina at next year's Copa America after Australia were drawn alongside the co-hosts.

Graham Arnold's men were drawn in Group A for the South American continental championship, which starts on June 12.

That means Australia will play their five group stages matches in Argentina against the two-time World Cup champions, Uruguay, Chile, Bolivia and Paraguay.

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Liverpool assured LGBT fans welcome in Qatar - CEO

Ale Moreno says Liverpool's close results might indicate a dip in form ahead of a clash with Manchester City.

Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore has said the club have been given assurances by Qatari authorities that their LGBT supporters will be welcomed in the Gulf state for next month's FIFA Club World Cup.

Qatari officials had met with Liverpool supporters groups, including the LGBT group 'Kop Outs!' to discuss their concerns about attending the tournament which runs from Dec. 11-21.

As in a number of majority Muslim countries, homosexual acts are strictly prohibited in Qatar although the law is...