Africa's World Cup Qualifiers: Who needs to do what

Africa's World Cup Qualifiers: Who needs to do what

It will be a two-horse race between Mali and Uganda in Group E, as The Eagles are on 10 points, two more The Cranes, with both sides yet to concede a goal in the qualifiers. Kenya and Rwanda are already eliminated.

Action between Kenya and Mali on Sunday 10 October 2021/Photo/CAF

Just two more matchdays remaining in the group stage of African Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in  Qatar.

 Senegal and Morocco guaranteed their place in the third and final round which will determine the five African representatives next year in Qatar.

Here is a look on “how it stands” in the Round 2 ten groups after concluding Matchday 4 this week.

Key: {Q} Qualified - {E} Eliminated

Group A

Algeria and Burkina Faso share the top spot, and will go toe-to-toe till the last minute. It’s a race likely to be decided in the final matchday when Algeria hosts Burkina Faso in a decider, while Niger and Djibouti are already eliminated.

Standings

­1. Algeria – 10 points (+17)

2. Burkina Faso – 10 points (+8)

3. Niger – 3 points (-9) {E}

4. Djibouti – 0 points (-16) {E}

Remaining matches

Djibouti – Algeria

Burkina Faso – Niger

Algeria – Burkina Faso

Niger – Djibouti

Group B

Tunisia remained on top without conceding a goal in the process. Carthage Eagles could secure qualification to the final round should they win in Equatorial Guinea in the next matchday. Mauritania are out of the race with a lone point.

Standings

­1. Tunisia – 10 points (+8)

2. Equatorial Guinea – 7 points (0)

3. Zambia – 4 points (-3)

4. Mauritania – 1 point (-5) {E}

Remaining matches

Equatorial Guinea – Tunisia

Zambia – Mauritania

Tunisia – Zambia

Mauritania – Equatorial Guinea

 

Group C

Mathematically the race is still open for all sides, with Nigeria leading the pack on 9 points, two more than Cape Verde and five ahead of Central African Republic, with Liberia trailing with three points. The Super Eagles need four points from their remaining games to go through.

Standings

­1. Nigeria – 9 points (+4)

2. Cape Verde – 7 points (+1)

3. Central African Republic – 4 points (-2)

4. Liberia – 3 points (-3)

Remaining matches

Cape Verde – Central African Republic

Liberia – Nigeria

Nigeria – Cape Verde

Central African Republic – Liberia

 

Group D

A two-horse race between giants Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon is likely to continue till they lock horns in the final matchday. Cote d’Ivoire leads the pack with 10 points, one more than Cameroon, with Malawi (3 points) and Mozambique (1) eliminated.

Standings

­1. Cote d’Ivoire – 10 points (+5)

2. Cameroon – 9 points (+4)

3. Malawi – 3 points (-5) {E}

4. Mozambique – 1 point (-4) {E}

Remaining matches

Malawi – Cameroon

Cote d’Ivoire – Mozambique

Cameroon – Cote d’Ivoire

Mozambique – Malawi

Group E

It will be another two-horse race between Mali and Uganda, as The Eagles are on 10 points, two more The Cranes, with both sides yet to concede a goal in the qualifiers. Kenya and Rwanda are already eliminated.

Standings

­1. Mali – 10 points (+7)

2. Uganda – 8 points (+2)

3. Kenya – 2 points (-6) {E}

4. Rwanda – 1 point (-3) {E}

Remaining matches

Uganda – Kenya

Rwanda – Mali

Mali – Uganda

Kenya – Rwanda

Group F

Egypt moved close to guarantee the group’s lone ticket to the third round. The Pharaohs are on ten points, four points clear on top above second placed Libya, with Gabon following while Angola are already eliminated.

Standings

­1. Egypt – 10 points (+5)

2. Libya – 6 points (-2)

3. Gabon – 4 points (-1)

4. Angola – 3 points (-2) {E}

Remaining matches

Angola – Egypt

Gabon – Libya

Libya – Angola

Egypt – Gabon

Group G

The tight race between South Africa and Ghana will go to the wire as both sides continued pressing each other. South Africa leads the group on ten points, one more than Ghana, with the last matchday encounter between them likely to be the decider.

Standings

­1. South Africa – 10 points (+4)

2. Ghana – 9 points (+3)

3. Ethiopia – 3 points (-3) {E}

4. Zimbabwe – 1 point (-4) {E}

Remaining matches

South Africa – Zimbabwe

Ethiopia – Ghana

Ghana – South Africa

Zimbabwe – Ethiopia

Group H

Everything is over with Senegal completing 100% winning record and securing the group’s lone ticket to the third and final round. The remaining games will be for clinical use.

Standings

­1. Senegal – 12 points (+9) {Q}

2. Togo – 4 points (-2) {E}

3. Namibia – 4 points (-4) {E}

4. Congo – 2 points (-3) {E}

Remaining matches

Togo – Senegal

Congo – Namibia

Namibia – Togo

Senegal – Congo

 

Group I

Morocco have guaranteed their place in the final round, winning all their four games in the group to go through, leaving the remaining two matchdays as dead rubber.

Standings

­1. Morocco – 12 points (+13) {Q}

2. Guinea Bissau – 4 points (-6) {E}

3. Namibia – 3 points (-3) {E}

4. Sudan – 2 points (-4) {E}

Remaining matches

Sudan – Morocco

Guinea – Guinea Bissau

Morocco – Guinea

Guinea Bissau – Sudan

 

Group J

The race is still open for all four sides in the upcoming games. Tanzania and Benin share top spot with seven points each, two more than DR Congo while Madagascar have three to their name.

Standings

­1. Tanzania – 7 points (+1)

2. Benin – 7 points (+1)

3. DR Congo – 5 points (+1)

4. Madagascar – 3 points (-3)

 

Remaining matches

Benin – Madagascar

Tanzania – DR Congo

Madagascar – Tanzania

DR Congo – Benin

- cafonline.com

 

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