CAF Congratulates Nigeria, Four Other Africa's 2018 World Cup Teams

Doug Mendoza
November 13, 2017

The teams of Saudi Arbia, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco were able to qualify for the World Cup, the World Cup since its inception in 1930 did not witness the presence of four Arab teams, where previously the maximum number of Arabs in the World Cup was three, back in 1986 and 1998.

On Friday, Senegal qualified for their second World Cup since Korea/Japan 2002 following their 2-0 away win against South Africa in a replay of their Group D tie.

Morocco will make their first appearance at the global finals since France 1998, while Tunisia make their World Cup return for the first time since Germany 2006.

Marc Wilmots' Ivory Coast needed a win at home to qualify for their fourth consecutive World Cup, but two errors by goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo put chances of victory out of reach in the first half.

Tunisia qualified for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation despite being held 0-0 at home by Libya in their final Group A qualifier.

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But it was the Moroccans who got the breakthrough when Nabil Dirar's cross evaded everyone and found its way it to the net.

Tunisia finished on 14 points in Group A of the African preliminaries, one ahead of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

"Therefore you have to play without sparing yourself in order to win it...but defeat never crossed my mind" Renard who coached the Ivorians to the 2015 title of the African Nations Cup in Equatorial Guinea said.

Two goals in stoppage time - a Jonathan Bolingi penalty and a fine Neeskens Kebano strike - gave DR Congo the victory, but it proved not to matter as Tunisia held on for the draw in the other game to win the group by a single point.

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