By Brian Mboh
The Confederation of African Football,CAF in collaboration with the world’s football governing body, FIFA has reveal the dates and venues of the 2022 FIFA World Cup final qualifier matches for the African continent. The information was made public on Thursday 3rd, 2022 on the world football institution’s website.
Five ties have been scheduled for the last ten best nations on the continent and they are expected to lock horns in order to determine, the five nations to represent Africa at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Among the big games programmed is Senegal versus Egypt, a repeat of the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Nations Cup finals. Cameroon pitting Algeria is also an eagerly-anticipated fixture.
The full list of matches and venues are as follows;
25 Mars 2022
3h00 (GMT) RD Congo – Marocco (Stade des Martyrs Kinshasa)
5h00 (GMT) Mali – Tunisia (Stade du 26 mars Bamako)
5h00 (GMT) Cameroon – Algeria (Stade de Japoma Douala)
7h30 (GMT) Egypte – Senegal (Cairo International Stadium Le Caire)
7h30 (GMT) Ghana – Nigeria Cape Coast Stadium Cape Coast
29 Mars 2022
5h00 (GMT) Sénégal – Egypte (Stade Olympique de Diamniadio Dakar)
5h00 (GMT) Nigeria – Ghana (MKO National Stadium Abuja)
7h30 (GMT) Algeria – Cameroon (Stade Mustapha Tchaker Blida)
7h30 (GMT) Tunisia – Mali (Stade Olympique Hammadi Agrebi Tunis)
7h30 (GMT) Marocco – RD Congo Complexe Mohammed V Casablanca
The Eagles of Mali have reinforced their technical staff with the arrival of former internationals; Frédéric Kanouté, Mohamed Lamine Sissoko, Eric Chelle and Seydou Keita to support current coach Mohamed Magassouba in the quest of winning their first ticket for the World Cup.
For countries like Cameroon, the African nation holding the record for the most participation in the World Cup with seven appearances, or Nigeria with their six appearances, it will first be a question of extending their record.
Morocco and Tunisia have participated in the world tournament five times. And they hope to return to the world stage.
The Black Stars of Ghana and the Pharaohs of Egypt have three participation each, so they aim to make it four.
African Champions Senegal are still on cloud nine and a in search of a third participation in World Cup after 2002 and 2018.
As for Algeria, they are aiming to revive after an early elimination from the TotalEnergies AFCON 2022. The Fennecs will be looking to improve their performance to secure a place in the FIFA World Cup.
DR Congo (then Zaire) got a glimpse of World Cup in 1974. 48 years later, The Leopards are ready to return.
These games are expected to take place at home and on away basis.
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