Africa’s World Cup 2018 Qualifiers
OneTribe’s resident futbol expert, Scams, took a moment to share his thoughts on the current going on in the current round of the African World Cup qualifier. Who else do you think will join Egypt and Nigeria at the 2018 World Cup? Sit back and read below.
The fifth round of African World Cup qualifiers is in the books. There is one more round, but with Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Zambia and Egypt’s last-minute win over the Congo, the two countries have sealed their place in World Cup 2018.
Group A saw Tunisia take a commanding hold over their qualifications, beating Guinea 4-1. DR Congo held onto slight hope for qualifying, by beating Libya 2-1. Next month’s qualification round will see Tunisia qualify for their first World Cup since 2006, with a draw or win.
Nigeria became the first African country to qualify for World Cup 2018 by beating Zambia 1-0 in Uyo, Nigeria. Alex Iwobi’s goal came towards the end of the game and now Nigeria can begin the process of fully preparing for Russia.
Cameroon beat Algeria, further dumping cold water on the Algeria’s awful World Cup qualifying campaign. Next month’s matches are nothing but glorified friendlies, but for Nigeria, it’s assessment time for players who are on the fringe.
This group is where things start to get really intriguing. Ivory Coast came into the match holding their destiny in their hands, however, they played to a boring 0-0 draw against Mali. Morocco beat Gabon 3-0, taking a hold of Group C, which sets up a mouth-watering match between them and Ivory Coast. The winner of the clash between Morocco and Ivory Coast qualifies for World Cup 2018; so if Ivory Coast draws, Morocco wins the group and qualifies.
This group is where things get a bit confusing. Senegal lost to South Africa last time they played, however after an appeal which led to a referee being suspended for life, Senegal and South Africa replay next month. This group is extremely lively. Senegal beat Cape Verde 2-0, over the weekend and South Africa beat Burkina Faso 3-1. All of this is the perfect set up for next month’s edition of can’t miss football next month.
Football is an absolutely beautiful and cruel sport at the same time. On one hand, Ghana and Uganda drew 0-0, Ghana scored two goals however they were unfairly disallowed. Ghana was officially eliminated because of Egypt; they now have more than enough time to do more one corner videos. On the other hand, Egypt sealed their first World Cup appearance in over 27 years. Egypt scored first, Congo came back and scored, in the 95th minute Egypt was awarded a penalty and their best player, Mohamed Salah, calmly scored. Listening to the commentator, you can tell what all of this means to the Egyptian people.
— Rooter App (@RooterSports) October 9, 2017
So there you have it, Nigeria and Egypt have qualified. The drama is set and there are three more spots to be determined and in November we will find out who else will meet Nigeria and Egypt.