Africa Charts Course To Qatar 2022 World Cup

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As we countdown to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, there are still five spots up for grabs for Africa that would be decided over two legs. Voice of Nigeria highlights nations that have qualified, and also some nations that could seal qualification.

Favourites Brazil, France, Germany, Argentina, Belgium, and England have already qualified for the World Cup, but some other significant nations are yet to stake their claim.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria were paired with rivals, the Black Stars of Ghana, for a place in Qatar. It ensures to be another classic African encounter at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi, Ghana.

In-form Napoli forward Victor Osimhen, Leicester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho and Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze should pose problems for the Black Stars.

Arsenal star Thomas Partey will be looking to demonstrate his importance for the four-time African champions against their arch rivals Nigeria.

Egypt Vs Senegal

Liverpool teammates Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will face off in a repeat of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final when Egypt take on Senegal.

Senegal defeated Egypt to be crown champions of Africa in last month’s AFCON tournament in Cameroon. Mane would be desperate to add another chapter to his international football record by steering the Teranga lions to victory against Egypt.

Salah would be seeking to inspire his nation to a victory against the champions of Africa.

Cameroon Vs Algeria

The Desert Foxes of Algeria will be relying on Manchester City winger Riyad Mahrez to weave his magic against a resilient Cameroon side to qualify.

The Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will be counting on the ingenuity of striker Vincent Aboubakar, who was the top scorer with 8 goals in 7 matches at the last Africa Cup of Nations.

DR Congo Vs Morocco

DR Congo are chasing its first World Cup appearance in 48 years. Star man Theo Bongonda is widely seen as the man to steer the side to victory against Morocco.

PSG defender Achraf Hakimi has been in phenomenal form for Morocco, as he was the key player for the Atlas Lions in its recent international run when they reached the quarter-finals of last month’s AFCON in Cameroon. He will be hoping to inspire his nation to claim victory against DR Congo.

Mali Vs Tunisia

Tunisia’s long-standing striker Youssef Msakni will be hoping to guide his nation to Qatar when they face a talented Mali side. Msakni’s overall contribution and goal threat from midfield makes him the talisman of the Carthage Eagles.

The return of Yves Bissouma to Mali’s national team has injected some confidence among the players, believing that they can defeat Tunisia to make its first appearance at the World Cup.

All the ties will be played over two legs on Friday, March 25th and Tuesday, March 29th.

CAF (Africa)

Nations already qualified: None

Confirmed World Cup places allocated: Five

Nations that can still qualify: Egypt, Senegal, Cameroon, Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, DR Congo, Morocco, Mali, Tunisia

 

Chidi Nwoke/CAF.

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