The draw for the crucial stage of the African qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar has been drawn up; Arab teams with different confrontations.
The draw took place today, Saturday, in the Cameroonian city of Douala, on the sidelines of the African Nations Cup, and the Egyptian team, which was among the second-level teams, avoided facing an Arab team among the first-level teams.
However, the Egyptian team will face Senegal – which is ranked first in the ranking of African teams – in a special match between Egyptian star Mohamed Salah and his Senegalese club colleague Sadio Mandy.
Egypt and the strongest confrontation
In terms of numbers, the confrontation of the Egyptian and Senegalese teams is the strongest among the meetings of the final stage of the African qualifiers for the World Cup, especially since it is the only one that takes place between two teams that qualified together for the last edition of the World Cup that was held in Russia in 2018.
Senegal is at the top of the ranking of African teams in the FIFA rankings, and is ranked 20th in the world, while the Egyptian team is in the sixth place in Africa and 45th in the world.
This will be the second time that the Egyptian national team has faced Senegal in the World Cup qualifiers, after they had previously met in the 2002 World Cup qualifiers in South Korea and Japan, which took place in the group system, where they tied negatively in Dakar, before the Pharaohs won 1-0 in Cairo.
While Egypt was the first Arab and African team to play in the World Cup – after participating in the tournament version in 1934 in Italy, in addition to its participation in the 1990 and 2018 versions – the Senegalese team reached the World Cup in 2002 and 2018.
Of all the teams in the first classification, Egypt will play against the only team that it outperforms in head-to-head matches. Egypt won 6 times, lost 4 times and drew on two occasions. The result of the last two matches was in favor of Senegal, as they won 2-0 and 1-0 in the 2015 Nations Cup qualifiers.
Algeria and the chance to return
For the second consecutive edition, the Algerian team collides with its Cameroonian counterpart, after they were found in one group in the World Cup qualifiers in Russia, where they tied 1-1 in Algeria, while the “Untamed Lions” team won 2-0 in the second meeting that took place in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde.
Algeria hopes to restore the smile to its fans – who were subjected to a great shock after their early exit from the first round of the African Nations Cup – by qualifying for the World Cup for the fifth time in its history, after ascending to the World Cup in 1982, 1986, 2010 and 2014.
The Algerian team has a record of the World Cup, since its first participation in the World Cup in Spain 40 years ago, when it defeated the teams of West Germany and Chile in the group stage, but its loss to the Austrian team contributed to its failure to reach the second round of the tournament.
And the Arab masses still remember the last participation of the “Desert Warriors” team in the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, when it passed the group stage, by occupying second place in its group that included Belgium, Russia and South Korea, and reached the final price for the first time in its history, before losing 2-1 After the extension against the German national team, which made its way to win the title at the time.
On the other hand, Cameroon aspires to enhance its record as the most prominent African team in the World Cup, after participating in 7 previous editions, as it dreams of repeating its career in the 1990 World Cup in Italy, when it qualified for the quarter-finals for the first time in the history of the African teams, before losing 3- 2 against England.
Algeria will need to forget the history of its confrontation with Cameroon; It only won once in 9 matches. Algeria lost 4 times and tied 4 times.
Tunisia’s first time
This will be the first time that Tunisia meets Mali in the World Cup qualifiers, but the two teams have previously met 4 times in the finals of the African Nations Cup, the last of which was in the group stage of the current edition of the continental competition, which Mali won 1-0 in a match Controversial, its hero was Zambian referee Jani Sikazwe, who officiated the match, ending it before the original time was up to everyone’s astonishment.
The Tunisian team – who gave the Arabs the first victory in the World Cup – when they beat Mexico 3-1 in the group stage in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina – wants to participate in the great global forum for the sixth time in its history and the second in a row, after participating in the World Cup in Russia, but his ambitions will be It collides with the dreams of the Mali national team, which is still looking to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in its history.
Tunisia won 6 out of 12 matches against Mali, lost 5 times and drew on one occasion. But Tunisia’s victories all came in friendly matches, while Mali won 4 times in the African Nations Cup.
An equal confrontation with Morocco
The Moroccan team is preparing to face the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the World Cup qualifiers for the third time, after they met for the first time in the 1974 World Cup qualifiers in West Germany, which witnessed the only appearance of the Democratic Republic of the Congo – which was called “Zaire” at the time – in the World Cup.
The two teams met in the 1974 World Cup qualifiers, which took place in the group system, where the Democratic Republic of the Congo won 3-0 at its stadium, before winning 2-0 in the other match that took place in Morocco.
As for the second time that Morocco played with the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the World Cup qualifiers, it was in the 1990 World Cup qualifiers, which took place in the group system, where they tied without goals in Kinshasa and 1-1 at the Municipal Stadium in Kenitra.
Looking at history, Morocco’s confrontation with the Democratic Republic of the Congo will be equal. Their previous three matches saw each win once and a draw in their last match in October 2020.
The Moroccan team, which has reached the World Cup 5 times, is participating in the final stage, and is excited by its positive results under the leadership of its Bosnian coach Vahid Halilhodzic. The Atlas Lions were the only 40 teams that participated in the group stage of the qualifiers, who won all their six matches. With his group, he gets the full mark.
The Moroccan team had granted Arab football the first point in its history in the World Cup, when it tied 1-1 with Bulgaria in the group stage of the tournament version that was held in Mexico in 1970. It is also the first Arab and African team to pass the first round, after its rise to the playoffs in the tournament version that took place. Mexico also in 1986.
Nigeria collides with Ghana
The last match in the African qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar will be between Ghana and Nigeria, and it is the fifth confrontation between them in the World Cup qualifiers, after they met in the 1962, 1970, 1974 and 2002 World Cup qualifiers.
Ghana, who was close to becoming the first African team to reach the World Cup semi-finals during its participation in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, is looking to erase its recent failure in the African Nations, after its exit from the first round, by ascending to the World Cup for the fourth time in its history. .
For his part, Nigeria is seeking to ascend for the seventh time in its history in the World Cup, under the leadership of Portuguese Jose Peseiro, who will lead the “Green Eagles” team, succeeding temporary local coach Agustin Iguavon.
It is noteworthy that the matches of the decisive round of the African qualifiers will be held back and forth from 24 to 29 March Next, 5 teams representing the continent will eventually qualify for the World Cup, which will be held in Qatar from November 21 to December 18.