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A Look at Africa’s Football/Soccer Hopefuls Qatar 2022 World Cup.
We’re all looking forward to the Qatar World Cup, regardless of whether our country qualified or not.
Soccer is very popular in Africa, as you probably know, which is why many individuals also engage in sports betting. While there are still a few months to go until the tournament begins in November, we can start making predictions and looking into hopefuls to bet on. So, read on to see which African teams are unexpectedly missing all of the action and which ones could go far in the competition and perhaps even be the underdog that wins the whole thing.
Who didn’t make it?
First of all, we should talk about some teams that many Africans expected to see in the tournament,
which didn’t qualify.
For one, there is Nigeria. The Super Eagles’ 1-1 game with Ghana earlier in the year resulted in millions of shocked fans, as this nation will not have a place in the big competition. This means that they will not play in their seventh Worth Cup even though many ambitious bettors were pumped about supporting them via sports bets.
Another nation that is big on sports betting will also not have a chance to support its national team in South Africa. Their defeat in the November match against Ghana also meant that they don’t qualify despite the country’s appeal to FIFA over a referee’s conduct. Still, South Africans will be following the tournament and wagering on the fan favorites after finding legitimate and licensed sites. Several markets in Africa are expanding and local bookmakers are putting plenty of effort into creating a site that will offer different games, odds, and promotions.
With that in mind, let’s go over the five teams that will be representing CAF: Cameroon, Morocco,
Tunisia, Ghana, and Senegal. A look at Africa’s football/soccer hopefuls Qatar 2022.
Cameroon will be making its eighth World Cup appearance in this year’s tournament. Although they are famous for their run to the quarterfinals in 1990, you should keep in mind that they haven’t built on this legacy in the following years. The Indomitable Lions haven’t won a match in this competition since the 2002 tournament. Moreover, the last time they played was in Brazil in 2014 when they suffered a 4-0 loss against Croatia and a 4-1 loss to Brazil. With players with plenty of experiences like Samuel Eto’o in administration and Rigobert Song in the dugout, they could find their old glory once again.
They are playing in Group G, with Brazil, Serbia, and Switzerland. While experts give the Lions a solid
chance of making it to the Round of 16, their rivals will give them a run for their money.
Morocco’s Atlas Lions are coming back for a sixth World Cup appearance, hoping to advance from the group stage for the first time since the 1986 tournament. The fact that these players are talented cannot be denied, as they dropped points in only one of their eight matches. However, they have struggled in competitions of this scale in the past so it remains to be seen whether Qatar’s climate will suit them better.
In the group stage, they are playing against Belgium, Canada, and Croatia. Seeing as how Belgium was a semifinalist in 2018 and Croatia a finalist in the same year, their chances of advancing are seen as slimmer than those of Cameroon.
When it comes to Tunisia, they’ve qualified without much commotion, not for the first time. That being said, playing on the big stage has never been their strong suit. Moreover, some information that might influence the bettors is the fact that they are an aging team, with players like Msakni and Khazri leading the charge.
Also in their group (D) are the reigning champions – France, Denmark, and Australia. This makes their
chances very low and not many a bookmaker would give them the odds of advancing to the Round of 16.
After missing the 2018 tournament, The Black Stars are returning to the big stage in hopes of performing just as well as in 2010, if not better. While players like Gyan and Muntari are no longer playing for the national team, there is still talent there.
In Group D, they will face off with Portugal, Uruguay, and South Korea. It will be a big task to make it through the group stage.
Africans looking to support a team could put their hopes behind Senegal, seeing as how this team is
given the biggest chances by the bookies. The current champions of the continent are trying to make it through the Round of 16, which they missed in 2018 in Russia, due to fair-play points. The goalkeeper Mendy’s addition to the side built around Mane and Koulibaly led to great consistency recently.
The Teranga Lions are in Group A with Qatar, Ecuador, and the Netherlands, meaning that reaching the knockouts is not out of the question.
Even if you prefer cricket to soccer, you cannot deny the fact that this big sporting event will grab
everyone’s attention. If you’re looking to bet on the tournament, make sure you learn about the teams
that will be playing.