African countries that have so far qualified for World Cup 2022
Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ghana, Mali, Morocco and Senegal await four others to join them for the final straight of FIFA's World Cup to be held in Qatar next year, 2022.
However, while flawless Morocco have done it with beautiful, yet brute
force, winning all five group matches and scoring 17 times – six fewer than
Algeria though –, Ghana’s progress was scandalous.
Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye awarded Ghana a bizarre penalty in the 31st minute, ruling Rushine de Reuck to have fouled Daniel Amartey when there was barely contact between the two players.
Andre Ayew scored the spot kick for both sides to finish on 13 points, but with Ghana having scored a goal more. South Africa FA chief Tebogo Motlanthe said they will lodge a formal complaint to both Fifa and Caf to investigate the performance of the match officials.
But onto more important matters today, after a round of dead rubbers yesterday, four more slots are fiercely up for grabs.
It is a thrilling climax in Africa with Groups A, B, C and D guaranteed to
provide both thrills and chills. Group A has the campaign’s top scorers with 23
goals in Algeria, but enters the final day with Burkina Faso waiting to
pounce. A win or draw between the two sides in Algiers today would confirm
Algeria’s progress at the expense of the Burkinabe.
Then you have the chaotic Group B where any of Zambia, Equatorial Guinea and leaders Tunisia could progress. A draw between Tunisia and Zambia wouldn’t ordinarily be a tragic, but if Equatorial Guinea beat eliminated Mauritania, there national mourning in Tunisia.
Group C serves direct confrontation. Nigeria host Cape Verde needing just a
draw to progress, but victory for Cape Verde would book the Islanders a slot
among Africa’s best 10.
The final group to keep eyes on is D, which has African heavyweights Cameroon and Ivory Coast tussling it out in Douala for the only playoff slot.
Ivory Coast, who top the pool on 13 points ahead of Cameroon (12), beat the Indomitable Lions 2-1 in Abidjan in September. Cameroon want to return the favour, and that would mean also claiming a slot in the playoffs.
The 10 group winners will be drawn for home and away ties due March, from which the best five will represent Africa at Qatar 2022 World Cup.