The qualifying matches for the African Nations Cup, scheduled to be held in Cameroon during January and February of next year, were concluded yesterday, with the qualification of 23 teams led by the Egyptian national team, with one seat remaining, which will be decided by the confrontation of Sierra Leone with Benin after it was postponed due to the infection of 6 players from the Benin national team with the Corona virus. Newcomer, to the latter questioning the tests and refusing to play the match.
Egypt and Algeria top the list of finalists
Our national team succeeded in securing its seat in the African nations for the 25th time in its history after leading Group Seven in the qualifiers, with 12 points, to join the national teams of Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali, Algeria, Tunisia, Cameroon, Senegal, Gambia, Comoros, Equatorial Guinea , Zimbabwe, Gabon, Ghana, Sudan, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Morocco, Malawi, Mauritania, Ethiopia, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde.
Historical Arab participation
The next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations will witness a historic event with the presence of 7 Arab teams for the first time, namely Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Sudan, Comoros and Mauritania, after the participation of 5 teams in the last edition in 2019 in Egypt.
Celsius waiting for the Pharaohs
The Egyptian national team, led by Hossam El-Badry, is preparing to achieve a distinguished and historic number upon reaching the quarter-finals of the upcoming African Nations Cup, so that the Pharaohs will reach the 100th confrontation in the history of the tournament as the first teams to reach this number, which is what Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire are competing for are the others with the same number, They all participated in 95 matches.
Egypt is most involved
The Egyptian team, which won 7 titles, tops the list of the most participating Arab teams, reaching 25 championships so far.
While the Tunisian team will participate in the 20th edition of it, and in the third place in terms of the number of participations, the Algerian team is the champion of the last edition that was held in Egypt the year before last, to reach 19, and in fourth place comes the Moroccan team, which also succeeded Participation in 18 championships, after he was able to settle his early qualification for the upcoming African Nations Cup.
Fifthly, the Sudanese team, which achieved the surprise and ousted South Africa from the qualifiers, to reserve its place again for the ninth time in the famous continental championship. Fifth, while Mauritania came sixth by participating for the second time, and the Comoros team succeeded in making history to become the last newcomer to the African Nations tournaments.
Big teams are absent from the Cameroon version
A number of big teams failed to qualify for the next edition of the African nations, such as Zambia, who was crowned in the 2012 African Nations edition, along with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Libya and Angola, as well as South Africa.
Algeria is the most goalscoring team
The Desert Warriors team is the holder of the last edition of the African Nations Cup, led by its coach Jamal Belmadi, the most scorer in the qualifiers with 19 goals in 6 matches, then Tunisia and Nigeria with 14 goals, then the Ivorian team with 11 goals.
Top scorer of African Nations Qualifiers
Meanwhile, Batson Dhaka, the Zambian striker and Victor Osimin, finished the African Nations qualifiers at the top of the scorers’ list with 5 goals.