After a long and arduous qualification process, we now know the identities of the FIVE countries that will represent Africa at the 2022 Soccer World Cup in Qatar.
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Sadly, Bafana Bafana are not one of those countries. Better luck for 2026 to Hugo Broos and his men!
The countries that will be packing their bags are heading to what promises to be a very hot World Cup, are Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, Tunisia and Morocco.
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It’s interesting to see where the current strength in African football lies, with two West African countries (Senegal and Ghana), two North African countries (Tunisia and Morocco) and Cameroon from Central Africa all making it through to the finals.
But where do those five countries find themselves in the latest FIFA rankings released on Thursday, 31 March.
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No surprise to learn that they are not the top-five ranked countries in Africa, and interestingly, three of them are ranked ‘worse’ than 32nd – the number of countries who will be playing in Qatar.
Where are the 5 African countries heading to the 2022 Soccer World Cup ranked?
Senegal – 20th in the world (1st in Africa)
Morocco – 24th in the world (2nd in Africa)
Tunisia – 35th in the world (5th in Africa)
Cameroon – 37th in the world (6th in Africa)
Ghana – 60th in the world (11th in Africa)
The biggest casualty according to the rankings is Nigeria (30th in the world, 3rd in Africa).
For the record, Bafana Bafana are now ranked 69th in the world and 13th-best on the African continent.
The official draw for the 2022 Soccer World Cup will take place on Friday, 1 April in Doha with the tournament itself scheduled to be held from 21 November to 18 December.
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