Listed below are the dates and results for the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification rounds for the African zone (CAF). For an overview of the qualification rounds, see the article 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification.
A total of 38 CAF teams entered the competition. However, Mali and Niger both withdrew before the draw was made. The African Zone was allocated 5 places (out of 32) in the final tournament.
There would be two rounds of play:First Round: Cameroon, Nigeria, Morocco and Egypt, the 4 best ranked teams according to FIFA, received byes and advanced to the Final Round directly. The remaining 32 teams were paired up to play knockout matches on a home-and-away basis. The winners would advance to the Final Round.
Final Round: The 20 teams were divided into 5 groups of 4 teams each. The teams would play against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify. These were:
Burkina Faso won 2-0 on aggregate
Namibia won 3-1 on aggregate
South Africa won 4-0 on aggregate
Angola won 5-1 on aggregate
Guinea won 5-4 on aggregate
Liberia won 5-2 on aggregate
Gabon won 3-0 on aggregate
Burundi advanced to the Final Round 2-0 on aggregate but withdrew before the Final Round started, so Sierra Leone took their place and advanced to the Final Round.
Zimbabwe won 4-3 on aggregate
Congo won 3-1 on aggregate
Zaire won 7-1 on aggregate
Tunisia won 5-1 on aggregate
Kenya won 3-2 on aggregate
Togo won 3-2 on aggregate
Zambia won 3-2 on aggregate
Ghana won 2-1 on aggregate
Key:Teams highlighted in green qualified for the finals.
In May 1997, Zaire were renamed the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo DR).
Gabon vs Sierra Leone was not played, since neither team could advance with a win.
Match abandoned after 53minutes due to crowd trouble. FIFA allowed the result to stand
Match postponed due to Sierra Leone not being able to travel from Freetown due to conflict. The match was never rearranged due to the result having no effect on final group standings