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Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco advanced to the third round of qualifying.

Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco advanced to the third round of qualifying.

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Four Arab teams – Algeria’s Riyadh Mahrez, Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, Tunisia’s Ferjani Sassi and Morocco’s Agraf Hakimi – are in the third round of the African qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and Congo’s Democrats.

The decisive third round of the African qualifiers stands between the four Arab teams and they reach the final. FIFA World Cup 2022 FootballBut strong conflicts await Riyadh Mahrez of Algeria, Mohamed Salah of Egypt, Ferjani Sassi of Tunisia and Ashraf Hakimi of Morocco.

After finishing first in their groups in the second round, ten teams qualified for the third round bilateral clash at home and abroad, after which the five winners qualified for the World Cup in Qatar at the end of the year, with five African delegates invited. Last Russia to the team position in the 2018 edition. Five matches will take place on Friday, while the return to the African qualifying rounds will end next Tuesday.

Algeria .. Africa returning after disappointment?

After the disappointment of the Continental Championship, it was eliminated from the team position while defending its title, with Algeria seeking compensation when it defeated Cameroon in Doula before hosting it in Plata. Qatar Al-Saad club striker Baghdad Bounetza has been dropped from coach Jamal Belmadi’s list and replaced by senior Qatar Al-Waqra club striker Mohammed bin Yato. Belmadi also ruled out West Ham striker Syed Benrahma and Al Ryan midfielder Yassin Brahimi.

Belmadi, 45, who accepted his technical duties in August 2018, said, “The goal is to qualify for the World Cup to forget some of the problems we had at the African Cup.” Belmody, who relies on Manchester City star Riyad Mahrez, Italian Milan midfielder Ismail bin Nasser and French breast striker Youssef Bleilly, has brought in third-class England average 36-year-old Adon Guevara. Herta with Berlin striker Isaac Belfort (30). Has not been on the national team since 2018.

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Algerian authorities have decided to move about 1,700 Algerian supporters on a single-lane flyover in Cameroon to support their team. Algeria participated in the World Cup four times in 1982, 1986, 2010 and 2014, when it reached the round of 16, lost to Germany after an extension, and then won the title, which came as a surprise in the 1982 edition. Star-studded West Germany fell to second place. On the other hand, five-time African champion Cameron has reached the World Cup final seven times, especially in the quarter-finals with its legend Roger Milla in 1990.

Hope for the recovery of Egypt and Salah

Following the final appearance of the African Cup of Nations, when Senegal won the first title in its history at the loss of Egypt on penalties last month, a rematch between two teammates, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, took place at Liverpool at Cairo Stadium. , Before returning to Tucker.

With Salah failing to win the Continental title again, Mane put in an excellent performance and led the Teranga Lions to the title smoothly. Egypt, a seven-time African champion (a record) and three times in its history at the World Cup (1934, 1990 and 2018), hopes that its star Salah, who was not fully prepared for Liverpool’s last matches, will return. .

Also to Salah, the experienced Portuguese coach Carlos Guerrero believes in Turkish Besiktas midfielder Mohamed Elneni and Turkish Galatasaray striker Mustafa Mohamed, and called al-Ahly midfielder Mohamed Makti “Kafsha” after he was expelled from Africa. Nations, but he eliminated his teammate Mohamed Sharif, who scored the league’s most goals last season. Senegal have twice competed in the World Cup, reaching the quarterfinals in 2002 and exiting the group stage in 2018.

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Coach Aliou Cisse, who also believes in Chelsea goalkeeper Edward Mendy, Napoli, Italian defender Galido Coulibaly and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Guy, said the African title has become a thing of the past. “

Tunisia without Kazri

Tunisia will face only one in ten players in Pamako Mali, except for striker Wahbi Kasri and defender Dillon Bron, who have been ruled out with a knee injury after being sidelined due to injury and doubts about the readiness of midfielder Elias Zakiri. Qualified for the third round of the World Cup without participating in its history. Tunisia want Al Duhail midfielder Ferjani Chassi and Kuwaiti striker Taha Yassin Al Kenici back.

Neither player was on the “Carthage Eagles” squad for the final edition of the African Nations Cup final in Cameroon, where they were called up from the quarterfinals (0-1) against Burkina Faso and sacked as coach. Mundar al-Kabeer and his assistant Jalal al-Qadri were appointed after him with the help of former international players Ali Baumnikal and Salim Ben Ashour.

Tunisia has participated in the World Cup five times, the last of which was in 2018, but it did not go beyond the group stage. In the last match, Ghana will play three times, including 2010, when it came to the quarter-finals with Nigeria, looking for a seventh and fourth participation, respectively, knowing that they had a disappointing journey in the last Continental Championship.

Democratic republics of Morocco and Congo elected

After reaching the quarter-finals of the African nations and losing to Egypt, Morocco faces a sixth attempt to reach the World Cup by defeating the Democratic Republic of the Congo, especially in 1986, when it qualified for the second round and narrowly lost to West Germany. And his French-Bosnian coach Wahid Halilhotsik, who selected Barcelona’s most promising Spanish striker Abdel Samad Salsoli after controversy erupted over his refusal to invite him to Africa at the end of 2021. National team.

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In this regard, Hallilhotsik said, “I spoke to him twice, his speech is different from what others advertise (…) He has many talents, and there is not a single player on the Moroccan team who can change such a course. Avoid things quickly. “For his part, Zalzouli said before the first leg in Kinshasa,” I am very happy to be on the national team for the first time. We hope we qualify and ask the fans to support us. “

Chelsea’s English midfielder Hakim Jiech and Ajax Amsterdam defender Nasir Masraw, on the other hand, have been left out of the squad due to a dispute with the coach. Also featured on the Atlas Lions squad are Seville’s Spanish goalkeeper Yassin Bono, fellow striker Youssef Al-Nusairi and French Paris Saint-Germain bin Ashraf Hakimi.

Wolverhampton defender Roman Gonzalez said: “Morocco’s qualification for the World Cup should be regular and they should not have to wait twenty years to qualify again every time.” The Democratic Republic of the Congo once participated in the 1974 World Cup under the name Zaire.

France 24 / AFP