The ten teams for the final round of the African qualifiers have been confirmed ahead of the World Cup 2022 tournament. In the second round of the African qualifiers for the World Cup 2022 tournament, forty teams were drawn into ten groups of four teams each. At the end of proceedings, the ten group winners advanced to the third and final round.

For the final round of the African qualifiers for Qatar 2022, the ten teams from the second round would need to face a two-legged tie to determine the five teams that would qualify for the World Cup 2022 tournament.
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The World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign is starting to take a definite shape at the various regions and the South Americans are not left behind. The round robin World Cup qualifying format adopted for the South American region is one of the most dynamic when it comes to the World Cup tournament.

For the latest round robin World Cup qualifying format ahead of the tournament in Qatar next year, Bolivia have been very impressive. The Bolivians would be hoping the current set of players can emulate the 1994 set by making it to the World Cup 2022 tournament. Bolivia have not qualified for a World Cup tournament since the 1994 edition in the United States of America (USA).Their latest game ended in their World Cup qualifying campaign turned out to be their most impressive thanks to the thumping 4-0 home win over Paraguay.Read More


The Super Eagles of Nigeria have a perfect record after two games at the start of their World Cup 2022 qualifiers following the 2-1 win over hosts Cape Verde in their latest qualifying match on Tuesday evening.

The Gernot Rohr-led Nigerian team started their World Cup campaign in Group C of the second round as far as the African continent is concerned. The three-time African champions were one of the teams drawn bye in the first round.Read More


Some reports started making the rounds from around three weeks ago that former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was getting close to reaching an agreement with the Netherlands Football Federation to become their national team’s new head coach following the dismissal of the former coach Frank de Boer.

De Boer was relieved of his duties by the federation as he could not help them go far at the Euros 2020 tournament. Their disappointing campaign saw them crash out of the competition during the knockout stage and it was unexpected of them because of the wealth of talents they had in the squad heading into the tournament.
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After missing out on the final Euros squad, Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard will most likely also not have a hand in England’s World Cup campaign next year. The United star was not able to make the final cut despite his brilliant form last season for West Ham United in the Premier League after joining the Hammers on loan from Old Trafford. Lingard was called up by England head coach Gareth Southgate to link up with the rest of the squad for their preliminary games before the official commencement of the 20w0 Euros competition but could not make the list of the final 26 players.

And after not being able to make Gareth Southgate’s final 26-man squad, it is believed that he could also not be selected as part of the squad that will be heading to Qatar in 2022 for next year’s World Cup tournament. Lingard is keen to play more games and has stated clearly that he wishes to be involved in more action on the pitch regardless of the club that he will be playing for next season.

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Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk has delivered a huge update about his fitness and the chances of featuring for the Netherlands at their upcoming tournaments and competitions. The towering defender has been a huge miss for his club this season after picking up a severe injury that ruined his season earlier in the year. After colluding with Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the first Merseyside derby of the season, he was taken off the pitch and could not continue.

Since then, the Reds defender has not retired to the pitch and has been working on his rehabilitation process to continue working his way back to full fitness. The former Southampton defender has been working with his physio on making a comeback from his injury and even though he has continued to make progress, he has made an announced that fans would be very concerned about.
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France are the defending champions after they won a second World Cup title at the last edition in Russia some three years ago by beating surprise package Croatia 4-2 in the final. The French team would be targeting anothertitle at the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar after winning the 1998 edition on home soil and the 2018 edition as mentioned above.

Didier Deschamps captained France to the first win on home soil in 1998 before masterminding the second win in Russia from the touchline. He would be in charge of the team for the defence of that World Cup title won in Russia at Qatar 2022 barring any dramatic development.
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In what seems to be a new development, the qualifying fixtures for South American countries aiming to be at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar have been postponed from the initial date to a new one, it has been confirmed. The games were originally supposed to be played this March, but they have now been hit with postponement following concerns over the coronavirus quarantine regulations and restrictions.

The decision was made and announced by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and may now have a direct effect on the tournament which is slated to hold next year at the earliest. The Confederation released a statement to the effect of this latest development where it announced that the health status of the South American players that will be participating in the fixtures were put under intense consideration, asides from other deliberations they had.

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The Republic of Ireland has been dealt a big blow ahead of their World Cup 2022 qualifier against Serbia next month following the injury to defender John Egan. The Sheffield United had to be stretched off in the second half of the Premier League clash with hosts West Ham United on Monday night. John Egan suffered a serious leg injury during a challenge with West Ham United forward Jesse Lingard during the second half of the Premier League clash with the Hammers and the said leg injury is on course to make him sit out the aforementioned World Cup 2022 qualifier with the Serbians.

Republic of Ireland boss Stephen Kelly and his players start their World Cup 2022 qualifiers with a trip to Serbia on March 24 and they are likely to be without the injured John Egan for the Group A clash. Apart from the Republic of Ireland and Serbia, European champions Portugal, Luxembourg and Azerbaijan are also in Group A. John Egan is a key player for both Sheffield United and the Republic of Ireland under the managerial regime of Stephen Kelly.Read More



World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar have unveiled Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, which is one of the eight match venues scheduled to play host to games during the tournament. The 2022 FIFA World Cup tournament in Qatar will take place over November and December 2022. The tournament will last for a period of 27 days between November 21, 2022 and December 18, 2022. The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium was unveiled earlier in the week thus making it the fourth match venue to be unveiled for the World Cup 2022 tournament in Qatar. Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium has a capacity of 40,000 and it is located in the city of Al Rayyan.

The Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium will host seven games during the World Cup 2022 tournament, and it is the match venue that tells the story of hosts Qatar. It was officially launched in December 2022 as pointed out earlier.
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