CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – All however one of many 10 nations which have superior to the final stage of Africa’s World Cup qualifiers can have one other matter on their speedy agenda earlier than figuring out who performs on the 2022 finals in Qatar.
Algeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia are all on target to qualify for Qatar however compete on the Africa Cup of Nations finals in January earlier than switching focus again to World Cup qualification in March.
Solely the Democratic Republic of Congo are by to the final spherical of Africa’s World Cup preliminaries regardless of having flopped within the Cup of Nations qualifiers this 12 months.
The Congolese employed veteran coach Hector Cuper to stage a restoration and received their World Cup group to achieve the playoffs.
In March, the ten groups will likely be drawn into 5 two-legged ties, with the mixture winners representing Africa in Qatar. The 2-legged ties will likely be performed between March 24-29.
No draw date has been set however a Confederation of African Soccer spokesman informed Reuters it might probably be carried out in January – through the Cup of Nations finals.
World Cup qualifying has confirmed intense and welcome preparation for the Cup of Nations, no extra so than for hosts Cameroon.
They’ve been largely unimpressive over the past two years however obtained a lift by beating and eliminating a powerful Ivory Coast staff 1-0 in Yaounde on Tuesday amid ecstatic help that they are going to search to attract power from on the Cup of Nations.
However others, like defending champions Algeria, will go to the match involved about stuttering performances within the World Cup qualifiers hosted in an intense three-month spell.
“Qualifying to the following part of the World Cup is satisfying however there have been no simple matches. The gamers discovered it powerful, however it was good for his or her focus and dedication,” mentioned Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi.
“The Cup of Nations goes to be simply as laborious.”
Others among the many 10 World Cup qualifying group winners had been extra convincing and secured progress early, that means they may use some video games to organize for the Jan. 9-Feb. 6 Cup of Nations.
“We gained a lot as we had been in a position to take a look at completely different methods and formations and take a look at new gamers. It was an opportunity to provide them enjoying time so they’d acquire expertise and confidence,” mentioned Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz after Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Gabon.
(Enhancing by Shrivathsa Sridhar)