Africa World Cup qualifiers: six matches to watch


These two fallen giants of the African game clash in Johannesburg on September 6, as they vie for supremacy in Group G.

The last time they met, in qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations, they played a 1-1 draw, but could Hugo Broos’ arrival help Bafana Bafana win the three points at FNB stage.

They could also benefit from the fact that Ghana will be deprived of its Premier League stars due to the ban on UK-based players from leaving the country for “red list” countries.

Gernot Rohr was delighted with the draw for the pools for qualification for the World Cup, with the Super Eagles facing the Central African Republic, Liberia and Cape Verde.

However, their away mission against the Sharks in Mindelo was made much more difficult after the players were banned from traveling from the UK; Is there an African country more dependent on Premier League players than Nigeria?

Cape Verde have shown that they can get results from bigger teams at home – they beat Cameroon just in March – and that is a real banana peel for the Eagles.

Group E is one of the pools where there are real opportunities for all four teams, with none from Mali, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda ever qualifying for the World Cup.

If any of the East African brothers are to qualify for the third round, they must surely, at a minimum, establish dominance over their neighbors in their first meeting.

Their meeting in Nairobi on Thursday is expected to be a nervous, wary test match, with the two knowing how precious a win would be.

Algeria, champion of Africa, begins this international break with a streak of 27 games without defeat, a streak dating back to 2018.

One would expect them to avoid the defeat to Djibouti at home on Thursday, and indeed, one would expect them to score a streak against the Red Sea residents.

However, their away game against Burkina Faso on September 7 could be a different story, with the Stallions on the rise after a few years in the doldrums.

Will this be the match where Algeria’s race ends?

The flagship match of the international break between two real African giants in Abidjan as they seek to seize first place in Group D.

The Indomitable Lions are under pressure after missing the 2018 World Cup – as the most successful nation in tournament history, that’s just not acceptable – and they could hardly afford to host their own Cup African nations next year due to their absence. on WC qualification.

However, they haven’t been convincing under Toni Conceicao and are underdogs against a starry elephant team on the outside.

Egypt will be without Mohamed Salah for their home game against Angola, which is a big blow to the Pharaohs and could put them under pressure from the start.

Their second away game against Gabon is another tricky game, not least because the Panthers can call on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has decided to honor the call-up to represent the Central Africans as he seeks to inspire them to a fairytale qualification. .

Egypt are reportedly considering sending a private plane to fly Salah and Mohamed Elneny straight to Gabon for the second game, and the prospect of seeing superstars Liverpool and Arsenal go head to head is tantalizing.


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