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13.10.2021 Football News

African Qualifiers: FIFA World Cup Qatar 202 - How it stands after Matchday 4

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
African Qualifiers: FIFA World Cup Qatar 202 - How it stands after Matchday 4
LISTEN OCT 13, 2021

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

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

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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