The last two rounds of the African Nations Qualifiers, which will be hosted by Cameroon in January 2022, remain decisive for some defining things, some of which are expected to happen for the first time in the history of the 33rd edition of the tournament.
The matches of the fifth and penultimate round of the group stage will start on Wednesday and continue over four days, followed by the sixth round, starting next Sunday.
Egypt national team
The most important thing for us in the current African Nations qualifiers is the national team’s qualification for the tournament, continuing its uniqueness as the most qualified team for Kan, and this time it holds the number 25 out of a total of 33 tournaments, and it is also expected that Egypt tops the top of the seventh group, which has so far occupied its summit with 8 points on goal difference. For the Comoros, who is second in the group, and a draw against Kenya tomorrow will be enough for the Pharaohs to catch up with the qualifiers, and the group’s top spot remains in Cairo in the last round next Monday against Comoros if the latter skips Togo in the fifth round.
Away from the Egypt national team, we are waiting for some other things that, if they happen, will represent distinctive marks in the history of the tournament that was held for the first time 64 years ago, specifically in 1957 in Egypt:
* Equatorial Guinea is waiting to qualify for the first time through the qualifiers, where its previous participation was twice as the host country, the first in equal shares with Gabon in 2012, and the second in 2015 when Morocco withdrew from hosting due to the Ebola epidemic.
Equatorial Guinea has 6 points, ranking second in Group X, which Tunisia leads with 9 points, and Tanzania and Libya are ranked third and fourth, respectively, with 3 points each.
Equatorial Guinea national team
* Gambia is one of the strongly rising teams in African football looking to qualify for the first time in its history when Angola hosts Thursday in the fourth group competitions, which share their leaders with a score of 7 points with Gabon, which meets the Democratic Republic of Congo, who is third, by one point.
The team, nicknamed Scorpions, became closer than ever to resolving one of the two African nations’ qualification cards for the first time in its history, after the impressive levels it presented under the leadership of its Belgian coach Tom Santfit in the 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Gambia national team
* Zambia suffers from the curse of achieving the title of the 2012 edition, as it failed to qualify for three times in a row and is looking to break the knot and escape from the fourth consecutive failure to reach the final competitions, but it faces a major obstacle as it faces Algeria, which has not been defeated over the course of 22 consecutive matches (16) Win – 6 draws) in an attempt to renew its chances of snatching the second card of the eighth group, which ranks behind with 3 points, behind Zimbabwe II with 5 points and Botswana the third with 4 points.
Zambia, the surprise champion of the 2012 edition, is looking to revive its hopes of competing for the second card of Group H, when Algeria hosts its champion and defending champion.
Zambia national team
* Comoros is on the threshold of historic qualification in the event that it qualifies for the first time in history to the African Nations Cup when it hosts Togo on Thursday, as the Alwaleed team in the African continent suffices a tie to guarantee the first rise to Kan, and it is the team that has a record without any achievement mentioned since joining the African Union For football at the beginning of this millennium, the Comorians also have other opportunities that may give them the second card of Group G if Egypt wins or tied it with its third-placed host Kenya, with 3 points on the same day.
Comoros national team
It should also be noted that an important and prominent event in African football this week is the hosting of Libya for the first time in nearly eight years for a match at its home, which will be against Tunisia on Thursday at the Benina Martyrs Stadium, in the fifth round of qualifiers.
Before the match between Libya and Tunisia, the latter tops the tenth group standings with 10 points, collecting them from three wins, and one draw, and Equatorial Guinea comes in runners-up with 6 points, and the Tanzanian team is third with 4 points, while the Libyan national team eliminates the group with 3 points.