The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ African Qualifiers will be concluded this March with the holding of the final round.
Following some vigorous rounds in which all the 54 CAF Member Associations took part, ten (10) teams remain in contention for the five African slots at the prestigious world tournament.
The first leg of the last round is scheduled for 25 March 2022, while the second leg matches will be held on 29 March 2022, four days later.
Only one country-Mali has never participated in the World Cup and must overcome Tunisia who boasts of five appearances if they are to earn their maiden ticket.
To achieve this goal, the Malian FA has called for reinforcements on the Eagles’ bench, with the arrival of former internationals such as Frédéric Kanouté, Mohamed Lamine Sissoko, Eric Chelle and Seydou Keita to support current coach Mohamed Magassouba.
For countries like Cameroon, the African nation holding the record for participation in the World Cup with 7 appearances, or Nigeria with their 6 appearances, it will first be a question of extending their records.
Morocco and Tunisia have participated in the world tournament five times and hope to return to the world stage.
Meanwhile, the Black Stars of Ghana and the Pharaohs of Egypt will be in search of a fourth appearance each.
African Champions Senegal are still on cloud nine and a third participation in World Cup after 2002 and 2018 will be the icing on the cake.
After suffering a shameful early exit from the TotalEnergies AFCON 2021, Algeria will hope to redeem themselves by securing a place in the Qatar finals.
But this can only come to reality if they outsmart Ghana over two legs.
If they happen to negotiate the two games against Morocco, the Democratic Republic of Congo will return to the world’s biggest soccer showpiece 48 years later.
DR Congo (then Zaire) got a glimpse of World Cup in 1974 in West German.
Below is the match schedule:
**Kick off time is displayed in GMT**.