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WCQ Qatar 2022(Africa): Big 10 Battle For Five Slots Plus Stats.

The scramble for five slots in the FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022 is on, as Africa’s big 10 scramble for a spot in football’s most prestigious tournament.

All five countries who were part of the Russian expedition are present once again in the final playoffs ( Morocco, Egypt, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia), while Cameroon, Algeria, Dr Congo, Mali, and Ghana complete the list of the big 10.

All matches will take place on March 25, 2022.

Dr Congo vs Morocco (Stade des Martyrs, Kinshasha; 16:00 GMT +1)

The Leopards of Dr Congo will be looking for their second appearance at the World cup since 1974. They are the only country in the big 10 to be absent in the just ended AFCON in Cameroon.

The 1974 AFCON winners booked their place in the playoffs following a 2-0 win over Benin  to finish just a point above them in the group phase. Though they were inactive during the AFCON, they have played 11 internationals in the last 12 months recording four Victories and four defeats.

For Morocco, they have lost just one game since they lost to Portugal in the 2018 world cup in Russia. In fact, their only defeat since then was the 2-1 defeat to Egypt during the quarter final of the AFCON in Cameroon.

The Atlas lions are the only team to go through the group phase with a 100% record as they search for a sixth World cup participation.

Cameroon vs Algeria (Japoma Sports Complex, Douala, 19:00)

After missing out in Russia in 2018, the indomitable lions will be in their search for a record eighth World cup participation when they take on Algeria.

The lions under new management, head coach Rigobert Song will be hoping to make this dream a reality.

The lions won bronze during the just ended AFCON, and since the defeat to the Ivory Coast in the early stage of the qualifiers, they have gone 11 games unbeaten.

The last time Cameroon lost a home game was in 1998 during the 2000 AFCON qualifiers against Ghana and that was in Douala.

For Algeria, they were just one game from equaling Italy’s 34 game unbeaten record after defeat to Equatorial Guinea during the AFCON.

Algeria have beaten Cameroon ones and that was in a mini tournament in 1995 in Gabon. The game ended 4-0 to Algeria and that was against the intermediate lions.

Cameroon have had victories over Algeria in the 1986, 1998, and 2000 AFCONs and draws in the 1984 and 2004 AFCON.

The last time these two met in the World cup qualifiers was in the 2018 World cup qualifiers in which Cameroon picked four points from Algeria in their group, but finished behind Zambia and Nigeria.

Mali vs Tunisia (Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, 17:00)

Mali is the only country in the playoffs that is yet to qualify for the World cup. In fact, Mali didn’t enter until 2000 and had won only 16 out of 44 qualifying matches before the start of the FIFA world cup 2022 preliminaries.

Mali had a brilliant performance during the qualifiers with five wins and a draw, but had a disappointing round of 16 exit in the AFCON.

Mali have not lost in their last 10 outings stretching back in June last year when Tunisia beat them 1-0 in a friendly.

For Tunisia, they had a decent performance in the group phase finishing just points above second place Equatorial Guinea. However, in 2021, they have won seven games, lost twice and drew one.

Though they had a decent performance too at the AFCON, they parted ways with head coach, Mondher Kebaier and replaced him with his assistant Jalel Kadri.

Both teams have met 12 times with six wins for Tunisia, five for Mali and a draw.

Egypt vs Senegal (Cairo International Stadium, 21:30 GMT+2)

The pharaohs of Egypt will be looking for a fourth world cup participation when Senegal comes knocking.

Egypt will want to compensate themselves for their AFCON final defeat to opponents Senegal.

The Egyptian go into this game with a 15 game unbeaten run which dates to July 2019 when the lost to South Africa in the round of sixteen. Their recent defeat was in the AFCON during their group opener against Nigeria. Egypt have lost just one of their last 22 international matches.

For Senegal, they were unbeaten in the group phase with five wins and one draw. The lions of Taranga will be in search of third world cup participation.

Both teams have met 13 times with Egypt having six wins, Senegal with four wins and three draws. The last time Senegal visited Egypt, they won the pharaohs 1-0 in an AFCON qualifying match in 2014.

Ghana vs Nigeria (Baba Yara stadium, Kumasi, 19:30 GMT)

The first big clash between these two great west African giants. The game was to take place in the Cape coast stadium, but after CAF inspected the stadium, it was not chosen. The game is now set for the famous Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi, Ghana.

The black stars of Ghana had a disastrous performance in the AFCON finishing bottom of their group with one point. This let to the immediate sacking of Milovan Rajevac and was replaced by Otto Addo.

The four time African champions have not won any of their four matches since the controversial 1-0 win against South Africa in November last year.

However, they have played 14 internationals since the beginning of 2021 and have recorded five wins, four draws and five defeats.

The super eagles will be in search of their seventh world cup participation. They had a 100% record during the AFCON group stage, but suffered a 1-0 defeat to Tunisia in the round of 16.

The three time AFCON winners had a shaky world cup qualifiers, finishing just one point above second place Cape Verde in their group. They had a disappointing defeat to Central African Republic. This is Nigeria’s first defeat in the world cup qualifiers since they lost to Angola in 2004. In fact, they have played 38 world cup qualifiers without defeat.

The stage is set who will represent Africa in the FIFA world cup, Qatar 2022.

 

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