Group F will see North African side Tunisia and West Africans Mali as the outright favourites to advance from the group. However, Gambia and Mauritania should not be underestimated.
Tunisia are the only previous winners in this group, having won the Cup in 2004. 18 years later, they will be hoping to break the long wait.
The Eagles of Carthage also boast the highest FIFA rank in this pool with a 30th placement. Head coach Mondher Kebaier’s side are making their 21st appearance at the coveted showpiece.
Meanwhile, Mali are on the other side raring to make it out of the group. The 1972 runners up are making their 13th appearance and will hope to make it count.
Gambia’s Scorpions join Comoros as the only sides in this edition making their maiden appearance. Their 150th rank makes them the lowest FIFA positioned side in this edition.
Head Coach Tom Saintfiet made history by making the West Africans qualify, and it will be bigger history if they make it out of the group.
On the other hand, Mauritania are a side that have had significant progress in their football sect.
Having failed to qualify on all the previous editions, they made it in 2019 and have repeated the feat in 2021.
Two years back, the 103rd ranked side did not make it out of the group but will hope they can better the performances.
Apart from one, all the matches in this group will be played at the Limbe Stadium. Mali against Mauritania on January 20 will take place at the Japoma Stadium, Douala.
Tunisia vs Mali
Mauritania vs Gambia
Gambia vs Mali
Tunisia vs Mauritania
Gambia vs Tunisia
Mali vs Mauritania
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