With 51 members and 14 places available, CAF will probably use a system with 12 groups of 4 teams and one with 3 teams, with the winners and the best runner-up from groups of 4 teams qualifying.
These are the groups (in 2006 there was no actual draw - see the seeding and draw procedure used in 2006) based on matches up to and including January 17th.
Group 1: Côte d'Ivoire, Congo, Madagascar, Sao Tome e Principe
Group 2: Egypt, Cape Verde Islands, Lesotho, Central African Republic
Group 3: Cameroon, Gambia, Burundi, Guinea-Bissau
Group 4: Algeria, Senegal, Chad, Djibouti
Group 5: Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, Somalia
Group 6: Ghana, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Mauritius
Group 7: Tunisia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Seychelles
Group 8: Burkina Faso, Rwanda, Botswana, Comoros
Group 9: Benin, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Eritrea
Group 10: Mali, Guinea, Libya, Niger
Group 11: Mozambique, Morocco, Congo DR, Mauritania
Group 12: Togo, Angola, Namibia, Liberia
Group 13: Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania
There are plenty of questions though.
- Will CAF use the same formula as in 2006?
- Will points from the first WCQ group stage be included in the formula?
- Will South Africa be awarded 6 points for WC participation?
- How will CAF fix the anomaly created by Togo's withdrawal (i.e. fewer points for Group B teams)?
- Will all 51 members compete in the qualifiers? If at least 3 members don't enter the qualifying rounds, we'll probably see 12 groups of 4 teams with the winners and the top two runners-up joining the hosts in 2012.