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Poor facilities cost African teams home advantage in World Cup qualifiers

Poor facilities cost African teams home advantage in World Cup qualifiers

NEARLY half of the African countries hosting World Cup qualifiers over the next week are being forced to host their matches in neutral venues as the Confederation of African Football continues to clamp down on poor facilities. Some 17 of the 43 countries who have a home game scheduled in qualification for the 2026 World Cup between Wednesday and next Tuesday are barred from using their own stadia because they are not up to standard. The list includes Kenya, which is one of the three countries designated to co-host the Africa Cup of Nations finals in 2027, and Benin, whose…
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Africa have more teams but not increased hopes at World Cup

Africa have more teams but not increased hopes at World Cup

MORE African teams at an expanded Women’s World Cup finals in Australia and New Zealand this year might mean more chance of improved results for the vast continent, but realistically they may be lucky to do much more than get past the first round. There will be four African countries in the 32-team field, up from three in the last two editions. But Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia are not expected to make anything like the impact that Morocco did at the men’s tournament in Qatar last year when they became the first African side to reach the semi-finals.…
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‘Exploited’ Africa proving worthy of more World Cup berths, Ghana coach says

‘Exploited’ Africa proving worthy of more World Cup berths, Ghana coach says

MARTIN PETTY AFRICAN teams' strong World Cup showing so far demonstrates a need for the competition to be more inclusive with more places for the continent, Ghana's coach said, with four African sides still in play in Qatar. Of Africa's five qualifiers for the 2022 tournament, Senegal and Morocco have reached the last 16, Ghana can advance with a win in their final group match against Uruguay, while Cameroon still has a shot if they beat an already-qualified Brazil expected to rest their top players. Only Tunisia, who beat France 1-0 on Wednesday, have been eliminated so far. Speaking before…
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World Cup 2022: From Morocco to Cameroon, African teams claimed new records in Qatar

World Cup 2022: From Morocco to Cameroon, African teams claimed new records in Qatar

JOEL OMOTTO, BIRD STORY AGENCY FOR the first time in history, Africa will be represented in the last four of a World Cup, after Morocco beat Portugal 1-0 in the quarter-final at the Al Thumama stadium in Doha. Before that stunning victory, the Atlas Lions and Senegal made it to the round of 16, making this Africa's best performance at the World Cup since 2014. All the African teams that competed at Qatar 2022 also won at least one match, for the first time in World Cup history. And it was local African coaches that led the five teams. The…
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