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  • Updated: January 22, 2022

World Cup Qualifiers: Ghana vs Nigeria, Egypt vs Senegal To Secure A Place In Qatar

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been paired with arch-rivals Ghana while Mohamed Salah-led Egypt will face Sadio Mane's Senegal in the African World Cup playoffs draw in Douala on Saturday.

Ghana will have home advantage first and both legs will be played between 21 and 29 March 21 with the aggregate winners securing a place at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The Black Stars of Ghana know too well that Nigeria who are the best team at the AFCON 2022 would not be an easy foe even with the home advantage especially with the present form of their team.

Nigeria brushed off a troubled build-up to the Cup of Nations, including the sacking of German coach Gernot Rohr, to be the only team among the 24 in Cameroon to win all three group matches.

While the Super Eagles look forward to a last-16 clash with Tunisia on Sunday, Ghana were shocked by first-round casualties, finishing bottom of a group after a stunning 3-2 loss to minnows Comoros.

Serbia-born Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac, who guided the Black Stars to the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals, insisted he would not resign after the humiliating loss.

"My primary ambition from the time I took over as coach last October was to qualify Ghana for the World Cup in Qatar," he said, amid rumours that he faces the sack.

But it was later disclosed that he has been sacked as the Ghana Football Association (GFA) head coach.

Egypt face Senegal, Cameroon meet Algeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo play Morocco and Mali tackle Tunisia in the other ties.

Only Mali among the 10 contenders have never qualified for the world football showpiece while Cameroon hold the record for appearances by an African team with seven between 1982 and 2014.

Nigeria are seeking to qualify for the World Cup a seventh time and, since 1994, have missed only one of seven editions. The last of three appearances by Ghana was in 2014.

Algeria, the defending champions and shock early departees from the tournament, will face Cameroon, another in-form team with captain Vincent Aboubakar scoring five times in three group games.

After going 35 matches unbeaten since last 2018, Algeria lost to Equatorial Guinea and were then outplayed by the Ivory Coast to make an embarrassingly early exit.

Egypt boss Carlos Queiroz is another coach who insists his priority is the World Cup, saying "the main goal when I signed was to qualify for the 2022 World Cup".

Mali will fancy their chances of a historic first appearance at the finals after defeating Tunisia in Cameroon last week through an Ibrahima Kone penalty.

African World Cup playoffs draw

Egypt v Senegal
Cameroon v Algeria
Ghana v Nigeria
Democratic Republic of Congo v Morocco
Mali v Tunisia

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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African Cup of Nations 2021/2022 TABLE

African Cup of Nations
No Teams P Pts
1 Cameroon 3 7
2 Cape Verde 3 4
3 Burkina Faso 3 4
4 Ethiopia 3 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Senegal 3 5
2 Malawi 3 4
3 Guinea 3 4
4 Zimbabwe 3 3
No Teams P Pts
1 Morocco 3 7
2 Gabon 3 5
3 Comoros 3 3
4 Ghana 3 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Nigeria 3 9
2 Egypt 3 6
3 Guinea-Bissau 3 1
4 Sudan 3 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Mali 3 7
2 Gambia 3 7
3 Tunisia 3 3
4 Mauritania 3 0
Full Table

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Sadio Mane
Sadio
Mane
SN Senegal
  • HEIGHT

    1.75 m

  • WEIGHT

    69 kg

  • AGE

    30

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed
Salah
EG Egypt
  • HEIGHT

    1.75 m

  • WEIGHT

    71 kg

  • AGE

    29

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Nigeria
Nigeria

The Nigeria national football team represents Nigeria in men's international football nicknamed as the Super Eagles and it is governed b...

Ghana
Ghana

Ghana National Football Team represents Ghana in men's international football and has done so since the 1950s. They are also known as t...

Egypt
Egypt

The Egyptian national football team also known as the Pharaohs is governed by the Egypt Football Association (EFA) which represents me...

Senegal
Senegal

The Senegal national football team knew as "the Lions of Teranga" represents Senegal in men's international football. It is Controll...

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