Ahead of Friday’s world cup draw, let’s relive Africa’s qualification journey to Qatar

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African champions Senegal and four other teams will later today (Friday) learn who their group opponents are during the Fifa World Cup Qatar 2022 final draw in Doha.

The four other countries that joined the Teranga Lions are the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, Ghana’s Black Stars, Atlas Lions of Morocco and Tunisia’s Eagles of Carthage.

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All the 32 sides that will be involved in the tournament will be drawn into eight groups of four for the tournament that will be played in November 21and December 18 2022. 

As the world eagerly wait for the draw, let’s relive Africa’s Qualification journey.

Ghana:

The Black Stars are making their fourth appearance at the world’s greatest soccer tournament.

Drawn in group G, Ghana sealed a ticket to the play-off round on the final day, with a win over South Africa at home as the two sides finished with 13 points each. With similar goal difference, Ghana edged out Bafana Bafana on account of scoring more goals.

Ghana won four matches, drew one and lost one, against the South Africans in Johannesburg. They scored seven goals in six matches and conceded three, skipper Andre Ayew being their top scorer with three.

Play-off:

In the play-off round, Otto Addo’s boys progressed on the away goal rule after drawing 1-1 with Nigeria in the return leg in Abuja. They had drawn 0-0 at home in Kumasi but Thomas Partey’s goal at the Moshood Abiola Stadium proved vital.

Cameroon:

The 2022 edition will be Cameroon’s 8th appearance at the finals.

The indomitable Lions finished top of Group D with 15 points, off five wins and a single loss. Their only defeat was against Ivory Coast away from home. They completed home and away doubles over Mozambique and Malawi.

They sealed qualification to the play-off round on the final day, with a 1-0 win over Côte d’Ivoire in Douala.

In the group phase, the Cameroonians scored 12 goals and conceded only three. Vincent Aboubakar, Christian Bassogog, Eric Choupo-Moting, Karl Toko Ekambi and defender Michael Ngadeu scored two goals each.

Play-off:

In the play-off round, Cameroon lost 1-0 at home to Algeria, but a never-say-die attitude in Blida saw them win 2-1 with a last minute goal and progress to Qatar on the away goal rule.

Senegal: 

The Lions of Teranga are going to the world cup for their third time. They made wonders at the 2002 Korea/Japan edition, their maiden appearance when they reached the quarter finals.

However, Senegal didn’t return to the tournament until Russia 2018.

The African champions had an unbeaten record in Group H, winning five of their six matches. Their only blemish was a 1-1 draw away to Togo on the penultimate round of matches with Habib Diallo scoring a last gasp equalizer.

The Aliou Cissé coached side scored 15 goals and conceded only four. Famara Diedhiou was their top scorer with four goals while Sadio Mane and Ismaila Sarr scored three each.

Play-off:

The Lions of Teranga prevailed 3-1 over Egypt on penalties after winning the return leg 1-0 in Dakar. The result pushed the aggregate score to 1-1, having lost by a solitary goal in the first leg in Cairo.

Keeper Edouard Mendy saved one penalty with Sadio Mane striking home the winner to send them to Qatar.

Morocco:

Making their sixth appearance at the world cup, the Atlas Lions were the only side to progress through the group phase with a 100 % record. They completed home and away victories over Guinea Bissau, Guinea and Sudan to attain a maximum 18 points.

They scored 20 goals and conceded only once, away to Guinea in a match they won 4-1. Ayoub El Kaabi was their top scorer with five goals while Ryan Mmae had four.

Play-off:

The Moroccans were in free-flowing form in the play-off round. Despite a 1-1 draw with DR Congo in the first leg in Kinshasa, they ran riot at home in Casablanca, winning 4-1 to easily make the plane to Qatar.

Tunisia:

Tunisia topped Group B with 13 points off four wins, a draw and a loss. They dropped points in the 0-0 draw away to Mauritania, and their only defeat also came on the road, a 1-0 loss against Equatorial Guinea in Malabo.

The Carthage Eagles scored 11 times with veteran Wahbi Khazri contributing to three goals as their top scorer. They conceded only two goals.

Play-off:

The Tunisians were forced to sweat by Mali, though they eventually edged them out 1-0 on aggregate. An own goal in Bamako gave them a slight 1-0 edge and they were held to a 0-0 draw at home in the return tie.

Like Morocco, Tunisia too are representing Africa to the world cup for sixth time.

Source: CAF.

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