The 2022 World Cup is going to be a unique occasion as it will be held between November and December in Qatar. Due to the extreme temperatures in the region, it was deemed impossible to hold the tournament in the traditional summer months so the 2022 World Cup will be held in the winter instead.
A total of 32 teams will compete at the tournament with heavyweights such as Brazil, Germany, England, Belgium and France expected to be among the favourites to go all the way and lift the trophy in Qatar. However, there is usually a team from Africa who surprises us all and there are plenty of candidates to do it again at the 2022 World Cup.
Five African teams will head to Qatar and qualifying will commence in May 2021. The ten group winners will be drawn to face-off in a two-legged tie to decide which countries will qualify for the tournament. There are the qualifying groups:
Group A: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Niger, Djibouti
Group B: Tunisia, Zambia, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea
Group C: Nigeria, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Liberia
Group D: Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Malawi
Group E: Mali, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda
Group F: Egypt, Gabon, Libya, Angola
Group G: Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia
Group H: Senegal, Rep of Congo, Namibia, Togo
Group I: Morocco, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sudan
Group J: Dem Rep of Congo, Benin, Madagascar, Tanzania
Out of all the African nations, Egypt are the bookmakers favourites to perform best at the 2022 World Cup with lowest odds of 125/1 to go all the way. The Egyptians will be confident of booking their place in Qatar and with Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah in the team, they have the potential to cause a few shocks.
Kenya are huge outsiders and will do well just to qualify for the finals but die-hard supporters may still want to have a flutter considering you can head to 22Bet Kenya casino and secure odds of around 2500/1 on them winning the 2022 World Cup. Obviously that’s highly unlikely to happen but odds of 100/1 to make the finals may be more tempting.
Ivory Coast are a side packed with quality and they have a number of players plying their trade in Europe’s top league’s so they could make a real impact at the World Cup. Nicolas Pepe – who joined Arsenal in a £72m deal last summer – is a key player while the likes of Gervinho, Max Cornet, Eric Bailly and Serge Aurier also play for top teams. The Ivorian’s can be backed at odds of 200/1 to lift the trophy in 2022.
Cameroon are another of Africa’s best teams who could do well if they qualify for the World Cup finals. Ajax star Andre Onana is an excellent goalkeeper while Cameroonian striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has just joined Bayern Munich. He and Lens forward Ignatius Ganago would cause defences plenty of problems.
Ghana and Nigeria will also be confident of reaching the finals while Algeria cannot be discounted following their recent success at the African Cup of Nations so there are a number of African teams who could make a real impact in Qatar.