At the end of the first round, there is still excitement because none of the ten selections took shelter. Since anything is possible in football, the teams involved will draw on their reserves to either reverse the trend or confirm their advantage.
Egypt-Senegal is the most unresolved of the dams. One and a half months after the final of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) won by Senegal, this time the two countries face each other again in a different context: a ticket to the world, the dream of all the selections. A fight that looks like a rematch or a confirmation. The pharaohs are in a favorable vote before the return match, which is scheduled for March 29 in Dakar. In fact, they won the first match at home with a narrow score of one goal to zero and can be comforted with their lost final if they took up the challenge of depriving the recent African champions of a qualification for the world. . The Pharaohs would thus participate in their fourth final phase of the World Cup, but above all the second in a row.
The Egyptians, it must be remembered, have never participated in two World Cup finals in a row. They had played the competition in 1990. To go to Russia in 2018, they had waited twenty-eight years later. A myth that Salah’s gang will try to break to be forgiven. For this round back to Senegal, the game plan will not change. The Pharaohs will defend and agree to suffer before attempting to punish the opponent on the counter.
Despite the defeat in the first match, the Teranga Lions remain confident. At their own facilities, they will provide the best of themselves to break the Egyptian lock. ” We have to work on this offensive efficiency, which has been running away from us for a while. I need to have that killer spirit back to finish the chances », This is the message from Alou Cissé to his players. The pressure is already on Sadio Mane’s shoulders. In any case, the best player from the last CAN wants to compete with the few rare African selections that participated in the World Cup, given their status as African champions in particular, Zaire in 1974, Nigeria in 1994, Cameroon in 2002. And 1 -0 is not insurmountable. ” Our players want to go to the World Cup and I think we have the means to win Egypt at home. It is up to us to remain calm and have confidence in ourselves ”said the coach of Senegal
Slimani a non-record goal held by Didier Drogba
A poster that we qualify as revenge on Algeria-Cameroon. The Algerians who found the lawn at the Japoma Stadium in Douala after their poor performance in the final stage of the CAN, which was disputed in Cameroon, wanted to redeem themselves. The Fennecs are on the right track since they won 1-0 over the indomitable Lions in the first game. It was Algeria’s first victory in an official match against Cameroon. “I do not think it folds. We finished a game. We definitely won it with a lot of will and desire. We know there is another half in Blida against this Cameroon team, which is not easy to maneuver, but everything remains open said Riyad Mahrez. And the return match on Tuesday will allow Algeria to approach it with a significant psychological advantage to avoid a blank year.
Fennecs can count on Islam Slimani. The only goal scorer in the first match scored his 17and goals in the World Cup qualifiers. He is therefore a goal from Didier Drogba’s record (eighteen achievements). Algeria missed the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In 2014, it was knocked out in the round of 16 after extra time by Germany, the upcoming world champion. Since 1982, Cameroon has never missed two World Cup finals in a row. It will be the first time in forty years if the Lions do not qualify.
On the whole, the committees from North Africa have the advantage over those from sub-Saharan Africa. Tunisia will play quietly at home after their victory in Bamako over Mali. Eagles of Carthages is ninety minutes from a sixth participation in the world. Morocco joined the Democratic Republic of Congo. The goal scored in Kinshasa can weigh heavily on the balance. With its four participations in the final phase, Morocco is the favorite in this confrontation. The Nigeria-Ghana match remains very open, especially as the two selections during the first match could not decide, 0-0. Nigeria is the most consistent African committee in recent years. Since 1994, only one final stage has been missed, namely 2006. After discovering the competition in 2006, Ghana linked three entries before missing the World Cup in Russia. Will he miss it for the second time in a row?