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African Nations Participating in Qatar World Cup 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be the first to be played on the Arabian Peninsula. The event has caused controversy due to the exploitation of immigrant workers who Qatar has recruited through illegal means.

African Nations Participating in Qatar

Five African countries are participating in the World Cup that started on Sunday, November 20, 2022.

Africa will have five countries represented in the 2022 World Cup hosted in Qatar. These coaches are very qualified and have the chance to lead their respective countries to victory.

With no other African team qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the entire continent expects these coaches to bring home a historic win for the continent.

 The FIFA World Cup 2022, frequently touted as the “Greatest Show on Earth” by global football fans, kicks off on November 20 in Qatar, as five African countries, including Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Cameroon, and Ghana, will participate actively.

The African football association has decided to select several home-grown coaches to lead their team in the World Cup.

They can better prepare themselves for the tournament and win a game. This decision is one of the most significant developments in African football history.

The 5 African Countries in 2022 Qatar World Cup; Stat, Qualification & Group

All the five African countries that recently qualified for World Cup 2022 have previously appeared at football’s biggest event. 

It was announced in April this year that the 2022 World Cup would take place in Qatar, but an announcement followed that Morocco, Egypt, and Tunisia would also qualify for the event.

Below are the African countries’ statistics and how they qualify for the recent most enormous world football tournament.

The most recent World Football Cup was hosted in Russia earlier in 2018, and the African continent qualified for this tournament.

Morocco’s team, which came in second place in this tournament, did not qualify. An African country, Senegal, took first place.

Despite being one of the smaller African countries, they performed better than many other larger countries, such as Egypt or Nigeria.

1. Senegal

The 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament will take place in Qatar, the only country that has never been represented at a World Cup before.

Senegal is one of the African countries that qualify for this tournament, marking its very first qualification for successive World Cup tournaments.

The first African Cup of Nations trophy was won in 2022 when Senegal defeated Egypt with two heartbreaking penalty shoot-outs. The victory was a breakthrough for the sport, allowing the national team to win their first trophy and to compete in the World Cup.

Senegal is one of the favorites to win the CAF’s African Nations cup in 2022. The team has been unbeaten in the group stage, and people see them as a dark horse for the title.

They have won their first group game against Morocco, who will now face Tunisia to determine who will go to the World Cup. 

Statistics

How Senegal qualified: Beats Egypt in CAF playoff

World Cup appearances: 2

Current FIFA world ranking: 18

World Cup titles: 0

Key players: Edouard Mendy, Sadio Mane, Kalidou Koulibaly

Coach: Aliou Cisse 

Senegal – Group A

Senegal belongs to Group A of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, consisting of the host country Qatar, joined with Ecuador and the Netherlands, and group’s schedule I from 20th to 29th November 2022.

The top two teams will proceed to the round of 16, dropping off the other two teams to leave.

Group A standings

Senegal — 0 points

Qatar — 0 (-2)

Ecuador — 3 points (+2 GD)

Netherlands — 0 points

2. Tunisia  

Tunisia scored two out of the six games during the continent’s phase two qualifying games, defeating Mali in the playoffs with a single goal over two legs, securing a place in the sixth World Cup.

Tunisia is one of the most successful African countries in World Cup qualifying, qualifying for six out of the last seven World Cups.

It is a notable victory for the African squad, who have recently missed out on qualification.

Tunisia – Group D

Tunisia joins group D in the 2022 World Cup, comprising Denmark, Tunisia, France, and Australia – the reigning world football champions.

The game for Group D of the 2022 FIFA World Cup starts from 22nd to 30th November 2022; the top two teams amongst the four will move to the round of 16, eliminating the other two.

Tunisia’s Head Coach: Jalel Kadri 

Current Standing in 2022 World Cup: 0 points 

3. Morocco

Morocco is one of the African countries leading the continent to the world’s renowned football tournament for local and international football fans in Qatar.

The World Cup is the most important sporting event in the world, and Morocco is one of the African countries making a name for itself globally.

The country beat the Democratic Republic of Congo 5 – 2 in the third round of CAF World Cup qualifiers and became eligible for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Moroccan experienced midfielder Azzedine Ounahi scored a double goal as his country overcame first-half injuries and beat DR Congo to qualify for the World Cup 2022.

Although Morocco has never won the World Cup, this makes it the sixth time the country is getting qualified for the last phase of the world’s biggest football event. They qualified in 1970, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2018, and 2022, respectively.

Morocco – Group F

Morocco belongs to Group F of the 2022 Qatar World Cup scheduled from November 23 – December 1, 2022. The group comprises the 2018 runner-ups Belgium, Canada, and Croatia, from which the countries topping the teams will proceed to the round of 16, eliminating the other two groups.

Emmanuel Amuneke, a 1994 African Footballer of the Year, said that Morocco and Senegal stand for the continent’s success opportunity in the Middle East. 

Morocco Statistics & Key Players 

Standing: 0 points

Head coach: Walid Regragui

Goalkeepers: Mohamedi, Bounou, Tagnaouti

Defenders: Aguerd, Mazraoui, Hakimi, Dari, Allal, Benoun, El Yamiq, Saiss

Midfielders: Amrabat, Amallah, Jabrane, El Khannous, Ounahi, Sabiri,

Attackers: Aboukhlal, Boufal, Ziyech, Chair, Hamdallah, CheddiraEn-Nesyri, Abde, Zaroury

Morocco’s Group F Games

Wednesday, November 23: Morocco vs. Croatia – Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor – 5 am

Sunday, November 27: Belgium vs. Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 8 am

Thursday, December 1: Canada vs. Morocco – Al Thumama Stadium, Al Khor – 10 am

4. Cameroon 

Cameroon has qualified for the World Cup four times, more than any other African team. The first was in 1990, when Cameroon qualified for the first time. After two more consecutive qualifications in 1994 and 1998, Cameroon qualified by winning a group of its own at the 2002 World Cup. They went on to play in their fourth and latest qualification in 2018, eventually losing in penalties to Belgium at the final stage of qualifying.

In 2022, Cameroon’s team beats Algeria 2 – 1 in a playoff, knocking off their 1 – 0 advantage into the second tournament in Bilda.

Cameroon – Group G

Cameroon, among Brazil, Serbia, and Switzerland, comprises group G of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The schedule for group G of the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off from November 24 – December 2, 2022. In the end, the top two countries among the four will progress to the round of 16, knocking off the other two teams.

Cameroon’s coach: Rigobert Song Bahanag

Cameroon’s Group G Games

Thursday, November 24: Switzerland vs. Cameroon – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 5 am

Monday, November 28: Cameroon vs. Serbia – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 5 am

Friday, December 2: Cameroon vs. Brazil – Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail – 2

5. Ghana

The Ghana World Cup begins on Thursday, the first time the nation has qualified for the tournament in 24 years. The Black Stars won their qualifying group and will play in their first-ever World Cup finals game against Germany on Monday.

It is a privilege for the African nation to be a host of the most significant global football tournament, the World Cup 2022.

Ghana has qualified as one of the 32 teams and will join hosts Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

Ghana – Group H

The country belongs to Group H of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, consisting of Uruguay, Portugal, South Korea, and Ghana.

These four (4) countries will play from November 24 – December 2, 2022. While the top two teams in this group advance to the round of 16, the remaining two drop.

How Ghana qualifies: 

Ghana defeated Nigeria on away goals in the tournament that took place in Abuja after battling with a 1-1 draw match in the second leg of their qualifying playoff game.

The Nigerian Football Federation has released a statement acknowledging their team did not perform well enough to get past Ghana’s defense and into the next qualifying round.

The Ghanaian football player Thomas Partey scored the lone goal at the 10-minutes mark, securing his country a position at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.

Ghana head coach: Otto Addo (R)

Goalkeepers: Nurudeen, Danland, Ati-Zigi

Defenders: Lamptey, Odoi, Salisu, Mensah, Aidoo, Rahman, Amartey, Djiku, Seidu

Midfielders: Partey, Owusu, Kyereh, A. Ayew, Kudus, Samed

Attackers: Issahaku, J. Ayew, Bukari, Williams, Sulemana, Semenyo, Afriyie, Sowah

Ghana’s Group H Schedule

Thursday, November 24: Portugal vs. Ghana – Stadium 974, Doha – 11 am

Monday, November 28: South Korea vs. Ghana – Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan – 8 am

Friday, December 2: Ghana vs. Uruguay – Al Janoub Stadium, Al Wakrah – 10 am

Conclusion

It is no secret that Africa is fully represented in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar by five African countries referred to on the continent as the “Promising Lions,” which is a big celebration for local and international football fans across the globe.

The FIFA World Cup is the most-watched sporting event in the world. The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will be the most exciting yet, with five African countries representing Africa in a big soccer celebration.

Africa has never been successful in the world cup tournament. However, the continent’s population is still incredibly excited and will follow this tournament, hopefully.

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