Qatar-2022: what chances of qualifying for the round of 16 for African teams?

Qatar-2022: what chances of qualifying for the round of 16 for African teams?

#Morocco : Overall, some African countries have everything they need to pass the first round and even go further. However, mistrust remains in place after the 2018 rout in Russia following the elimination of the 5 African representatives in the first round.

Qatar hosted, on Friday April 1, the draw ceremony for the 2022 World Cup which will begin in exactly 232 days and which will take place from November 21 to December 18. If overall there are no big posters in the first round, except Spain-Germany, for some African countries, passing this first round promises to be difficult, but not impossible.

And if at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, no African team had reached the first round, a first since 1982, this time there are strong reasons for the continent to have representatives in the 8th of final.

Among the 5 African representatives of the Qatari World Cup, three were already present during the previous edition: Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia.

These are teams composed mainly of players who have experience of a World Cup and who will be motivated to pass the course of the groups. For this, we need good preparation during the 8 months that separate us from the Qatari World Cup and not be harmed by the arbitration as was the case during the Russian World Cup where the experimental VAR had injured Senegal against Poland as well. and Colombia and Morocco against Portugal, in decisive matches.

Senegal: the African champions are in a weak chicken, but with the organizing country

Senegal, reigning African champion, is certainly the country on which rests the most hope of going far and even very far in this competition. First, the draw offered him a group globally within his reach, alongside the Netherlands, Qatar and Ecuador.
Moreover, it is the Senegalese who will open the competition against the Netherlands. And beware of a false step, knowing that in this pool evolves Qatar, the organizing country which can benefit from certain favors, such as that of not playing the opening match, whereas it is the host country which opens always hostilities.

Thus, the Senegalese are warned. Failure in the first match can prove fatal. They who missed qualifying for the second round of the Russian World Cup because of refereeing errors and failed because of the fair play rule (6 yellow cards against 4 for Japan) when they had the same number of points and the same goal average as Japan.

For this edition, while keeping the same framework (Koulibali, Idrissa Guèye, Ismaïla Sarr, Cheikh Kouyaté and Mané), the team has grown much stronger with good players including the excellent goalkeeper Mendy, but also defenders (Diallo and Bouna Sarr) and young attackers (Boulaye Dia, Bamba Dieng,…). It is by far the best African team.

However, the weakness of the Senegal team is that they don’t score many goals due to their elimination in Russia 2018, and they lack a good playmaker and good free-kick takers. Many weaknesses that the trainer must solve within 8 months and exploit the strong exceptional potential of this team which can go very far. Senegalese President Macky Sall has set the goal to reach: at least the semi-final of the World Cup.

Morocco: difficult group with a semi-finalist and a finalist from the last World Cup

Of all the qualified African countries, Morocco is certainly the one that inherits the most difficult pool, if not two tough opponents: Belgium and Croatia. Canada completes the group. This means that the game will not be easy for Morocco. Moreover, the coach of the Atlas Lions of Morocco, Vahid Halilhodzic, did not fail to point out that “it’s a very difficult draw”, but he dreams of an “feat” against Romelu Lukaku and Luka Modric.

It must be recognized that Morocco plays well against the big European teams. In 2018, in Russia, he held Spain (2-2) in check and lost to Portugal (0-1), due to controversial arbitration.

The team has also matured and is starting a second consecutive edition of the World Cup by keeping several key elements: Bounou, Hakimi, Saïss, Fajr, Amrabat, El Kaabi, En-Nesyri,… The incorporation of new players also seems work well. However, it would gain in quality with the return of Ziyech.

It will be difficult for Morocco, but the team has every chance of progressing to the second round, provided that it makes a very good preparation with quality “spare parts”.

Cameroon: bring down Brazil, the dream of all African teams

After Diego Maradona’s Argentina in 1990, will Cameroon bring down Brazil, which has never lost to an African team? It is now the dream of the teammates of Vincent Aboubakar, the captain of the Indomitable Lions, the first African team to reach the quarter-finals of a World Cup.

To get out of this group, in addition to Brazil, Cameroonians must beware of Serbia, which had beaten Portugal in qualifying and Switzerland, which dismissed Italy in its group. It is to say that the task will not be easy for the Cameroonians qualified narrowly during the last seconds of a play-off match against Algeria.

“Impossible not being Cameroonian”, the Indomitable Lions can get out of this relatively strong group, behind Brazil, especially if they manage to strengthen themselves with the return of certain players to the den like Joël Matip from Liverpool.

Trained since early March by Rigobert Song, the Cameroonian team has experienced players including Onana, Vincent Aboubacar, Ngadeu, Ngamaleu, Anguissa, Choupo-Moting, Toko Ekambi,…

Ghana: the Blacks Star will find Uruguay who had deprived them of the semi-final of the World Cup in South Africa

The Black Stars are no longer flamboyant, but the team is eye-catching. She will need it against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea.

Disappointing during the last African Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the Black Stars managed the feat of eliminating Nigeria, yet the favorite of the double confrontation of the play-offs.

The Ghanaians will also have the opportunity to take their revenge against Uruguay who deprived them of a semi-final of a World Cup in 2010 in South Africa when Luis Suarez prevented a goal from the hand. end of the game. A penalty that the Ghanaians had missed. However, this Ghanaian team is a notch well below that of 2010.
This means that his qualification for the 8th in the World Cup finals will be a surprise.

Tunisia: the pleasure of playing the world champion,…

Tunisia found themselves in Group D, alongside France, the reigning world champion, with Denmark, semi-finalist of the last Euro, and a play-off (Peru, United Arab Emirates or Australia.

For its 6th participation in a World Cup, the task looks complicated for the first two places in the group, especially since the Tunisian team is far from convincing, both during the last CAN in Cameroon and during the double play-off match against Mali. All Tunisian adventures in the World Cup are over in the first round.

However, according to the captain of the Eagles of Carthage, Khazri, “France are overwhelming favourites. The other opponents are teams within our reach. A lot of things can happen. I have confidence in our team. We are capable of doing great things.” Clearly, if France seems untouchable, Tunisia has a card to play in this group, even if Denmark is not an easy team to play.

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