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African quintet handed tough Qatar 2022 World Cup opponents

At least, four of the five teams to represent Africa at the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup were handed tough draws, after being grouped together with at least two teams with better form and World Cup pedeegree, in the same pools.

Five time African Champions, and record 8th time finalist, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroun, were drawn in same group with record world champions, Brazil, and two strong sides from Europe – Serbia and Switzerland.

Cameroun, who at the 1990 finals in Italy, became the continent’s first side to reach the quarterfinals, will be looking to sneak into the knockout stages, for the first time, since their heroics of 32 years ago.

Reigning African Champions, Senegal appears to have been handed a kind draw, at least on paper.

The Lions of Teranga whose only other appearance at the world cup was when the finals was co-hosted by Korea and Japan in 2002, and they got tthe quarterfinals, are in Group A, along with the Netherlands, Ecuador and the host country, Qatar.

GROUP A
Qatar
Ecuador
Senegal
Nederland

GROUP B
England
Iran
USA
European Playoff

GROUP C
Argentina
Saudi Arabia
Mexico
Poland

GROUP D
France (Holders)
intercontinental Playoff 1
Denmark
Tunisia

GROUP E
Spain
Intercontinental Playoff 2
Germany
Japan

GROUP F
Belgium
Canada
Morocco
Croatia

GROUP G
Brazil
Serbia
Switzerland
Cameroun

GROUP H
Portugal
Ghana
Uruguay
Korea Republic

Due to Qatar’s intense summer heat, this World Cup will be held from November 21st to December 18th 2022, and that makes it the first tournament not to be held in May, June, or July. It is also to be played in a reduced timeframe of around 28 days, across five cities.

This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in the Arab world and the second World Cup held entirely in Asia after the 2002 edition was held in South Korea and Japan.

Writing by Chinedum Ohanusi; Editing by Tina Oyinsan