No African team qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals (14 June to 15 July), after four days of playoffs. The only certainty for the moment: the selections of Algeria, Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, and Guinea will not go to Russia.
Two months before the end of the playoffs, no African team qualified for the 2018 World Cup finals from 14 June to 15 July in Russia.
However, on every other continent, at least one selection has already validated its ticket for the World Cup: Brazil in South America, Belgium in Europe, Mexico in the Concacaf zone , and Saudi Arabia, Korea South, Iran as well as Japan in Asia .
That is to say, if the fight is bitter, since October 2016, between the twenty teams in contention, in the last round of the African qualifiers.
Five out-of-race countries
There is only one certainty to two days of the end of this mini-championship where each country plays six matches: five teams are now out of the race for qualification in the World Cup 2018. They are Guinea and Libya in Group A, Cameroon, and Algeria in Group B, and Congo-Brazzaville in Group E.
For the Cameroonians, champions of Africa, and for the Algerians, it is obviously a resounding failure. The “Indomitable Lions” and the “Fennecs” had indeed participated in the last two Worlds, in 2010 and in 2014.
The Algerian side sank 1-0 at home against Zambia on 5 September 2017, while the Cameroonian counterpart conceded a 1-1 draw against Nigeria yesterday.
Teams from Tunisia and Nigeria in good position
These two combined results are the business of Nigerians who will receive the Zambians on 7 October. With 10 points in Group B, they occupy the first place in the classification, the only one that qualifies for the final phase of the tournament .
A coveted position that the Tunisians have won in Group A. With 10 points, the “Eagles of Carthage” maintained their lead on the DR Congo team (7 points) by clinching the 2-2 draw in Kinshasa. Tuesday. Will the Leopards of DRC, who will play in Libya on 7 October and then in early November against Guinea, have missed their chance to go to Russia?
The Ivorian and Burkinabe selections are doing well
A question that Ivorians and Burkinabè will not have to face, pending the 5th day of the playoffs, scheduled from 6 to 8 October 2017.
The Ivorian side certainly made a mediocre match against Gabon, winning 2-1 in Bouake. But despite this poor performance, she is still first in the Group C standings. The Moroccan team did not take advantage of this “Elephants” misstep and thus remains second. The Moroccans left Bamako with a 0-0draw. A result that does not eliminate Mali, even if the “Eagles” now have every chance to follow the 2018 World Cup in front of their television screen …
In Group D, the Burkina Faso team is still in control of its destiny, before going to South Africa and hosting Cape Verde. But the “Stallions” are now on a par with the Cape Verdians, winners 2-1 in Durban. The Senegalese also nearly took the first place from them. The “Lions de la Téranga” were leading 2-1 in Ouagadougou on 5 September, before striker Bertrand Traoré beat a free-kick for Burkina Faso.
Ghanaians do not let go
In group E, the gaps in the ranking are greater than in group C and especially in group D. The Egyptians beat the Ugandans 1-0 and took them back in first place. The Ghanaians, who crushed the Congo in Brazzaville (5-1) , however, have not said their last word. They are hoping to still be in a position to qualify for the final round of the 2018 World Cup on the final day of the playoffs, which is scheduled to take place from 10 to 12 November 2017.