Thirteen African countries have qualified at least once for the FIFA World Cup, but never has an East African country reached the biggest football tournament in the world.
The region has yet another opportunity to correct this in the coming months.
Qualifying for the World Cup in Africa resumed during the international window in September, with 40 African nations still vying for places in Qatar 2022.
The 40 teams are split into ten groups, with the group winners advancing to the final qualifying round. Five teams will represent the continent at the next World Cup.
Historically, the East has never been the best in African football. This honor belongs to the North and the West. Can any of the East African countries turn history upside down and get an unlikely ticket to the Mundial?
Malawi is stuck in a ridiculously difficult group that also includes Cameroon and Ivory Coast– who have both competed in the World Cup on several occasions.
The Flames were very successful in securing a ticket to the Africa Cup of Nations earlier in the year and will end a decade of absence from the continent’s centerpiece when they come to Cameroon next year. , but their chances of landing a fairytale place in Qatar are considerably more difficult.
They have three points in two games, losing to Cameroon and beating Mozambique, but even the most optimistic Malawian doesn’t expect the Flames to find a way to the top of the group.
As Malawi faces an impossible mission, other East African countries have a more realistic outlook of at least winning their qualifying group.
The region is very well represented in Group E, with Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda battling for first place with Mali.
The three East African countries will have real hopes of winning this group.
At the moment, Mali are two points ahead of Kenya and Uganda, but there is still a lot of football to play.
As Kenya coach Jacob “Ghost” Mulee said, his side are still on their way to a place in Qatar. Kenyan bookmakers seem to agree, with many giving the Stars a decent chance to progress.
Tanzania are currently well placed in Group J with four points from two matches. The Taifa Stars lead the group, tied on points with the Republic of Benin. The other teams in the group are Madagascar and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Tanzania recorded a thrilling 3-2 victory over Madagascar after notching a very commendable point against DRC.
They are very looking for the first place.
Ethiopia took a nice victory over Zimbabwe to score their first points in Group G, but with Ghana and South Africa also in the mix, they have their work cut out for them.
East African nations are once again underdogs in the Qatar race, but Tanzania in Group J and the Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda trio in Group E appear to hold the region’s greatest hopes. an unlikely representation in the Middle East.
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