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Mane Faces Salah, as Nigeria pairs with Ghana on road to Qatar 2022

Mane Faces Salah, as Nigeria pairs with Ghana on the road to Qatar 2022

African contenders to represent the continent in the FIFA World Cup, Qatar 2022 knew their upcoming opponents when the draw for the Third and Final Round of the African Qualifiers was held on Saturday.

The draw held in Douala, Cameroon was conducted by CAF Competitions Director Samson Adamu, assisted by CAF legends El Hadji Diouf and Emmanuel Adebayor.

Following are the encounters, set for next March.

(The first leg will be on the first mentioned side)

Egypt v Senegal

Cameroon v Algeria

Ghana v Nigeria

DR Congo v Morocco

Mali v Tunisia

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Qatar 2022 draws

By this draws, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, Liverpool team-mates and two of the best footballers on the planet, will clash for a FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ place.

It also means that a showdown between arch-rivals Nigeria and Ghana is  in store, while continental colossuses Cameroon and Algeria will collide. DR face Morocco as Mali, the only team left in the running yet to have appeared at the World Cup, play Tunisia.

The winners of the five ties will represent Africa at Qatar 2022. The first legs will be played on 24 March, with the return legs five days later.

“It’s beautiful,” said draw assistant Emmanuel Adebayor. “Ten countries, ten big countries from the continent. It’s going to be interesting and they have to know one thing: they are going out there to represent the continent.

“I’m seeing Nigeria against Ghana. It’s going to be very difficult. There is a lot of Ghanaians in Nigeria. There is a lot of Nigerians in Ghana. It’s going to be a very, very tough game. Egypt against Senegal. It’s going to be very difficult.”

“Senegal, of course!” responded draw assistant El Hadji Diouf when asked which teams he expected to go through. “Senegal, Nigeria are very good teams. I think it will work out very well for us.

“I think small details will be very important, concentration. When won’t have much time between games to train and recuperate. They’re going to have to show their talent.”


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