African Cup of Nations winners Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia, Morocco and Ghana will be showing off Africa’s goods in front of the world and hoping to go one better than the quarter final finishes of both Ghana and Senegal in this edition of the global showpiece.
It has been an interesting ride to the tournament for these teams, who had to play three rounds of qualifiers to make it. But with all Africa’s hopes riding on them, fans are curious as to which teams stand above the other and will go the furthest in Qatar.
In this article, we rank the five African teams headed to Qatar and their chances.
Tunisia are the weakest of the sides who will be representing Africa at this edition of the tournament. They are also one of the weaker African sides in the tournament overall, with only two wins in total from six World Cup appearances.
In Qatar, they will be facing defending champions France, as well as Euro 2020 semi-finalists Denmark. Their only hope for a win – their third ever win in the World Cup – will come against either of the United Arab Emirates, Australia or Peru who are going to compete in an inter-confederation playoff later in June.
Ghana would have been in fifth place if not for Tunisia’s dire World Cup history. On the continental front, the Black Stars are also struggling for relevance.
However, they managed to hold off the Super Eagles of Nigeria to secure the World Cup ticket, giving them some sort of credibility ahead of the tournament.
They will take on South Korea, Portugal and Uruguay and are expected to lose all three. However, the long-standing beef between Uruguay and Ghana could make for interesting viewing, and a possible upset to give Ghana one win at least.
Cameroon is undergoing some sort of rebuild after sacking their former manager due to his failure to secure thm the AFCON title on home soil.
Former international Rigobert Song is the new manager of the side, and it is looking interesting for the seven-time African champions.
Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia stand in their way in Qatar in what is possibly the tournament’s most balanced group. Still, they are third on this list due to the unpredictability of the Swiss and Serbians.
Belgium and Croatia, as well as Canada stand in the way of Morocco in the group stages. A win against Canada is expected, and this is the sole reason they are this high up the list.
They are Africa’s second strongest team, however, and are most likely to cause an upset of all of Africa’s teams in the tournament.
The AFCON champions and Africa’s strongest side will be heading into the World Cup on the back of their first ever AFCON win, which means there will be a lot of momentum in their sails.
Their very favourable group draw against hosts Qatar, Netherlands and Ecuador also makes it almost certain that they will progress into the next round of the tournament.