Ethiopia and Egypt will meet again in the 2026 Fifa World Cup qualifiers after the two teams were drawn in the same group.
Egypt topped the group Ethiopia is in to progress for the Africa Cup of Nations Côte d’Ivoire.
On Thursday, Ivory Coast’s Abidjan hosted the draw for the next World Cup qualifiers and the Ethiopian national team were drawn in Group A.
The Walias will meet Egypt, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone and Djibouti in the group.
It is a tough test for whoever is in charge of Walia Ibex who push for their first World Cup appearance despite increased African slots for the next tournament.
How the CAF mapped out the qualifiers
A total of 54 African nations will compete for the available 9.5 allocated spots for Africa, with the qualifiers officially starting in November.
As in previous qualifiers, the draw produced some interesting outcomes for the nations, who were split into nine groups of six as the journey to Canada, Mexico and USA gets underway in the next few months.
Winners of each Group will automatically qualify for the 2026 World Cup 2026.
The four best runners-up (from the Groups) will play in a Play-Off tournament. The winner will play in the FIFA Play-off Tournament to potentially be the 10th African nation.