Draw for second spherical of African qualifiers happened in Egypt
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40 sides within the operating; 5 slots out there for Qatar 2022
The 40 African nations nonetheless within the hunt for a spot on the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ found their destiny on Tuesday.
The draw for the second spherical of the African qualifying marketing campaign was held in Cairo, Egypt, and it produced some mouth-watering duels involving longstanding rivalries, possibilities for revenge and heavyweight clashes. FIFA.com runs the rule over the freshly minted teams.
Algeria | Burkina Faso | Niger | Djibouti
As winners of the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, Algeria can be considered favourites in Group A. Provided that they missed out on Russia 2018, Les Fennecs can be much more motivated to qualify this time round. The opposite three groups within the pool can be simply as pushed to carry out effectively, not least as a result of none of them have ever appeared on soccer’s best stage, though Burkina Faso did come near qualifying for the 2014 version. Again then, it was Algeria who finally denied Les Etalons a berth in Brazil.
Tunisia | Zambia | Mauritania | Equatorial Guinea
Tunisia will lock horns with Zambia, who’ve typically shone within the Cup of Nations, which they gained in 2012, however who haven’t loved the identical success in World Cup qualifiers. The Chipolopolo can be decided to reverse that pattern, whereas Equatorial Guinea and Mauritania – who held the Tunisians to a draw final yr – are additionally more likely to play a pivotal function.
Nigeria | Cape Verde | Central African Republic | Liberia
Nigeria will likely be put in as heavy favourites on this part, having superior to the World Cup on six earlier events, not like their three future opponents, none of whom have ever efficiently negotiated a qualifying marketing campaign. Nonetheless, because the Tremendous Eagles’ slip-up throughout the 2017 Cup of Nations qualifiers proves, a shock consequence is all the time a chance.
Cameroon | Côte d’Ivoire | Mozambique | Malawi
Three-time World Cup members Côte d’Ivoire have been considered because the staff to keep away from in Pot 2, they usually discover themselves pitted towards the African facet that has certified for the World Cup most frequently (seven occasions), Cameroon. At the least one continental powerhouse will due to this fact not make it to the third spherical, whereas the opposite two nations within the group shouldn’t be discounted both.
Mali | Uganda | Kenya | Rwanda
In stark distinction with Group D, this part options 4 groups who’ve by no means performed on the World Cup correct. Out of the bold quartet, Mali seem greatest outfitted to achieve the third spherical, however Uganda are able to springing a shock, as they demonstrated by qualifying for the final two Cup of Nations tournaments.
Egypt | Gabon | Libya | Angola
On this high-calibre group, Egypt, propelled by the objectives of Mohamed Salah, is not going to discover the going straightforward towards Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Gabon. However Angola, who’ve one World Cup look underneath their belts, definitely can’t be dominated out, particularly contemplating the proficient crop of kids – who impressed at the newest FIFA U-17 World Cup – they’ve at their disposal. The unpredictable Libyans make up the quartet.
Ghana | South Africa | Zimbabwe | Ethiopia
Ghana and South Africa, two nations with substantial World Cup pedigree, will face off within the standout duel in Group G. As well as, Bafana Bafana have a conflict with neighbours Zimbabwe to look ahead to. With Ethiopia, who’re able to competing with the perfect on their day, additionally within the combine, the pool guarantees to be a intently contested affair. “It’s a really even group,” famous Marcel Desailly, who assisted with the attract Cairo. “Groups should get off to a robust begin. Wins construct momentum and generate confidence.”
The street to Qatar 2022#BringBackTheLove pic.twitter.com/NzxiqfmbkR— Ghana Soccer Affiliation (@ghanafaofficial) January 21, 2020
Senegal | Congo | Namibia | Togo
The best-placed CAF representatives within the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rating, Senegal, boasting an assault that includes newly topped African Participant of the 12 months Sadio Mane, seem like the staff to beat on this pool. Nonetheless, Togo, who competed on the 2006 World Cup, Congo and Namibia is not going to be there to easily make up the numbers.
Morocco | Guinea | Guinea-Bissau | Sudan
On paper, the result of Group I ought to come right down to the matches between Morocco and Guinea, who each have gamers performing throughout Europe. That mentioned, Guinea-Bissau, more likely to be galvanised by their rivalry with neighbours Guinea, and Sudan are greater than able to gatecrashing the occasion.
Congo DR | Benin | Madagascar | Tanzania
Arguably essentially the most open part, Group J options 4 groups who all took half within the final Cup of Nations, two of whom – Benin and Madagascar – surprisingly reached the quarter-finals. Les Leopards, who get pleasure from a extra elevated place within the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rating than the opposite three international locations, have been eradicated within the earlier spherical by Madagascar at Egypt 2019, which means that some vital drama may lie forward.
Behind the scenes of the #WCQ 🤩 An evening to recollect 🌟#WorldCup @FIFAcom @FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/sYjnyrYYCv— CAF (@CAF_Online) January 21, 2020
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Group A: Niger have two derbies of types on the agenda, because of the reality they share borders with each Burkina Faso and Algeria.
Group B: One in all Equatorial Guinea’s best outcomes got here towards Tunisia: a 2-1 win within the quarter-finals of the 2015 Cup of Nations.
Group C: In September 2018, on the age of 51, Liberian soccer legend George Weah performed in a specifically organized pleasant match versus Nigeria.
Group F: The final time that Angola discovered themselves in the identical group as Gabon in a World Cup qualifying marketing campaign (in 2006), they superior to the finals.