- Super Eagles of Nigeria still need to win one more win if they want to qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations
- There are several sides who have already qualified after performing impressively in the qualifiers
- Last year’s finalists Senegal and Algeria have both secured their tickets with two games to spare
The AFCON qualifiers continue to heat up as various teams look to qualify for Africa’s elite nation’s football competitions this year.
For the Super Eagles of Nigeria, they top Group L with 8 points but now have to win their next game against Benin Republic to qualify for AFCON 2022 after managing to pick up just 2 points in their double header against Sierra Leone.
In this article, Legit.ng analyses some of the sides which have already qualified for the competition thanks to their consistency in the qualifiers with a number of games to spare.
The North Africans will have another shot at the competition once again as they secured their ticket following a 1-1 draw against Tanzania on Tuesday, November 17.
Because they beat the East Africans in the reverse fixture last Friday, Tunisia is guaranteed of a top two finish in the group.
2. Cameroon (hosts)
Being the hosts, Cameroon will typically feature in the competition, especially after establishing a six point lead at the top of Group F after four games.
Sadio Mane’s side has a flawless record in Group I with 12 points from 12 and sealed their qualification with two games to spare.
They painfully lost to the final in 2019 after losing 1-0 to Algeria but they are looking good ahead of the next edition.
The draw against Zimbabwe which featured a stunning goal by Riyad Mahrez means the defending champions are almost guaranteed of topping their group with two games to spare as they hold a five-point advantage over their nearest rivals.
Mali has been in impressive form in the qualifiers and their 2-1 win over Namibia means the worst they can finish in Group A is second.
In an interesting coincidence, Mali secured their ticket to the AFCON 2021 on the same exact day they qualified for the AFCON 2019 two years ago.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Riyad Mahrez has been known for scoring fantastic goals in his career and it seems he has scored the best in his career.
The Manchester City forward was on song for Algerian during the 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe in their AFCON 2022 qualifier.
The defending African champions threw away a 2-0 first-half lead against The Warriors but there was a moment of magic in the game.
Algeria started a counter-attack from the half and Mahrez was located with a long diagonal ball down the right.
The 29-year-old's first touch was brilliant and the second was even better as he rounded the Zimbabwean defender twice before putting the ball into the back of the net.
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