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2022 – Africa zone: Senegal and Morocco already in the 3rd round, Algeria will wait

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After four days of qualifications in the Africa zone, only Senegal and Morocco have already qualified for the dams. Tunisia, Mali and Egypt are, for their part, in an armchair.

The race to Qatar continues in Africa. The third and fourth days of the qualifiers ended on Tuesday, October 12, and the situation in the Africa zone became clearer. Senegal and Morocco have already pulled out of the game by securing the first place in their pool. A position that ensures them to play the 3rd round, a round-trip play-off, the winner of which will be qualified for the 2022 World Cup.

Group A: Algeria invincible but still under pressure from Burkina Faso

For 31 matches the Fennecs have not been defeated. However, they are still not guaranteed to appear in the third round of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. Djamel Belmadi’s men have yet crushed Niger twice (6-1, 0-4) but they remain under pressure from Burkina Faso.

Indeed, after four days, the two teams are tied on points at the top of group A (10 points). The “Stallions” keep the Algerian hellish pace since they have also routed, twice, the modest team of Djibouti (0-4, 2-0). Everything should be decided during the 6th day and the clash between the two teams in Algiers.


Group G: duel between South Africa and Ghana

The South African team took back control of Group G by beating Ethiopia 1-0 with a goal against their own side of Getaneh Gibeto. With 10 points, the South Africans are ahead of the Ghanaians, 9 points, before receiving Zimbabwe and then going to Ghana in November.

The “Black Stars” were able to revive after their loss to the South Africans in September. They have beaten Zimbabwe twice and can still hope to snatch the qualification.


Group H: Senegal won its place in the sun

Full box for the Teranga Lions. Aliou Cissé’s players have signed four wins in as many games, which ensures them to be present in the third round of the playoffs.

If the vice-champions of Africa had swept Namibia on the third day (4-1), they had to get busy in the return match to obtain the victory. Farama Diedhiou unblocked the situation in the second period, even offering himself a hat-trick and giving his teammates the symbolic status of first team guaranteed to be in play-offs.


Group I: Morocco is qualified

For Morocco, the world qualifying marathon looked like a sprint: three matches played at home in seven days because of the stadiums not brought up to the standards of its opponents. The Atlas Lions came out with honors. Two victories against Guinea-Bissau (6-0, 0-3) and one against Guinea (1-4).

A faultless which ensures the place of Moroccans in dams.


Groups whose matches took place before Tuesday 12 October.

Group B: undefeated, Tunisia is close to the third round

Winners of their first three matches, the Carthage Eagles lost the opportunity to qualify when they met Mauritania. In Nouakchott, the two teams parted with a goalless draw. Mondher Kebaier’s men lead their group with 10 points but remain under threat from Equatorial Guinea (7 points), which also drew in Zambia (1-1).


Group C: Nigeria must beware of Cape Verde

The Super Eagles will tremble until the end, the fault of a surprise defeat against the Central African Republic on the third day (1-0). While Osimhen’s teammates made up for it in the second leg with a convincing 2-0 victory, the misstep put Cape Verde back in the race.

The Cape Verdeans emerged victorious from their two confrontations with Liberia (1-2, 1-0) and are therefore in second place in the group just two points from Nigeria, which they will face in November.


Group D: Ivory Coast and Cameroon will have to decide

The Mozambicans paid the price for the determination of the Indomitable Lions. The Cameroonians twice beat the “Mambas” on October 8 and then on October 11. At home, Toni Conceição’s men first defeated Luís Gonçalves 3 to 1 before putting it back three days later (0-1).

A short victory which allows the Cameroonians to score 9 points and hold second place in Group D pending their November meetings against Malawi (5e day) and especially against Ivory Coast (6e daytime). The Elephants are one point ahead of the Indomitable Lions thanks to their double victory over Malawi.


Group E: Mali is in front, Uganda in ambush

A double victory against Kenya and the Eagles of Mali fly away. They can thank Ibrahima Koné who scored a hat-trick in the first leg at home (3-0) then scored the only goal of the match at Nyayo National Stadium (0-1).

Only Uganda remains in a position to challenge the qualifying place at the Eagles. The “Cranes” have beaten Rwanda twice on the smaller score and are just two points behind Mali, which they face in November.


Group F: Egypt in an armchair

The Pharaohs did the hard part. While not yet officially qualified for the third round, the Egyptians have taken a big step forward by beating Libya 3-0 at home. Three days earlier, they had already defeated the Knights of the Mediterranean in Alexandria (1-0).

Ahead of their matches against Angola and Gabon in November, Egypt are four points ahead of their first pursuer, Libya.


Group J: Benin and Tanzania tied, DR Congo can still believe it

Benin and Tanzania are back to back after their double confrontation. The Squirrels thought they had done the hardest by winning in Tanzania 1-0 on Matchday 3 but Michel Dussuyer’s men suffered a loss at home with the same score in the second leg.

Result: the two teams are tied on points at the top of group J (7 points). However, the DR Congo remains in ambush. The Leopards will face the two current leaders in November and in the event of a double victory, they will advance to the third round.


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