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Friendlies: A busy June for African teams

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Friendlies: A busy June for African teams

The postponement of the first two rounds of 2022 World Cup qualifying from June to September has forced many African teams to change their plans by playing friendlies.

The menu is obviously a little less copious than expected. Forty qualifying matches for the 2022 World Cup should have been played in June, but the postponement of these matches to September has changed the situation. In fact, 34 friendly matches, including Turkey-Guinea (0-0) played on 31 May, are on the program for this second FIFA period of the year.

Almost all the teams still in the running for one of the five qualifying places for the next World Cup have planned to play at least one friendly match, with the exception of Madagascar, which is in the grip of a serious internal crisis, Kenya, Congo, Zimbabwe and Libya. The continent's big teams will be more or less active.

Algeria, Mali and Tunisia will each play three matches, while Morocco, Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Ghana and DR Congo will play two.

The most active team? Guinea, with four matches on the program, will be the most studious. Nigeria, Cameroon and South Africa, who will be led by Belgian Hugo Broos for the first time, have only played one international.

First for Broos, Cuper, Salef, Gonçalves
Broos will not be the only one to inaugurate his new role against Uganda on 10 June. Argentina's Héctor Cuper in Congo DR, Morocco's Abdelatif Salef in Somalia and Portugal's Horacio Gonçalves in Mozambique will all be taking advantage of this final international window of the season to get to know their players, even though several players have already withdrawn.

Among the most attractive fixtures are Cameroon-Nigeria (4 June), Morocco-Ghana (8 June), the North African derby between Tunisia and Algeria (11 June) and the West African match between Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire (12 June).

 

Philemon MBALE

 

PROGRAM

Already played

Turkey-Guinea: 0-0

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2/6: Mozambique VS Lesotho (Maputo)

3/6: Algeria VS Mauritania (Blida)

4/6: Rwanda VS Central Africa (Kigali)

Nigeria VS Cameroon (Wiener Neustadt, Austria)

5/6: Lesotho VS Eswatini (Maputo, Mozambique)

Senegal VS Zambia (Thiès)

Gambia VS Niger (Antalya, Turkey)

Côte d'Ivoire VS Burkina Faso (Abidjan)

Tunisia VS DR Congo (Radès)

Guinea VS Togo (Antalya, Turkey)

Brazil Olympic VS Cape Verde (Belgrade, Serbia)

6/6: Algeria VS Mali (Blida)

7/6: Rwanda VS Central Africa (Kigali)

Belarus VS Sierra Leone (Grodno)

8/6: Benin VS Zambia (Cotonou)

Kosovo VS Guinea (Antalya, Turkey)

Morocco VS Ghana (Rabat)

Senegal VS Cape Verde (Thiès)

Mozambique VS Eswatini (Maputo)

Gambia VS Togo (Antalya, Turkey)

10/6: South Africa VS Uganda (Soweto)

11/6: Zambia VS Sudan (Omdurman)

Guinea-Bissau VS Cape Verde (Bissau)

Mauritania VS Liberia (Tunis)

Guinea VS Niger (Antalya, Turkey)

DR Congo VS Mali (Tunis)

Tunisia VS Algeria (Rades)

Kosovo VS Gambia (Antalya, Turkey)

12/6: Ghana VS Côte d'Ivoire (Cape Coast)

Morocco VS Burkina Faso (Rabat)

13/6: Sudan VS Zambia (Omdurman)

Tanzania VS Malawi (Dar es Salaam)

16/6: Tunisia VS Mali (Rades)

 

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