CAF communications director, Luxolo September talks about Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, and other two nations’ preparation ahead of the WC tournament
Head of Communications for the Confederation of Africa Football, Luxolo September has talked about the preparations of the five nations to represent Africa at the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.
Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia, Ghana and Senegal will compete in the name of CAF in the first ever November/December World Cup.
The five countries booked place at the World after claiming victories in a two legged affair during the playoffs in March.
However, all the coaches are at the stage to finalise their teams for the competition to be held in the Asian country.
Their test in the September international break was not impressive as expected but the CAF Communications Director has urged the football lovers on the continents not to rate the teams with the friendly matches.
Ghana were the only African side to win their final friendly on Tuesday before they name their provisional squad for the 2022 World Cup to be held in Qatar in November.
The Black Stars defeated South American nation Nicaragua 1-0 on Tuesday night in the Spanish city of Lorca as the continent’s five sides wrapped up their preparations.
Senegal were held to a 1-1 draw by fellow World Cup-bound Iran in Austria, Morocco played out to a goalless draw with Paraguay’s while Cameroon and Tunisia lost their matches.
The Carthage Eagles were handed a 5-1 defeat by five-time world champions Brazil while the Indomitable suffered a 1-0 narrow defeat to South Korea.
Despite these results, Luxolo is optimistic that the African teams will progress to make everyone proud.
“The African teams have to progress in this competition. We need to do better. The CAF President Dr. Motsepe has said that he wants to see an African team moving on in the World Cup in the future. I think that process must start in Qatar. We can’t rate them with friendlies, that’s preparation and is an opportunity for some of the coaches to try new things ahead of the competition. The most important thing is the competition. I will be there to support them. We have to support the African teams and hopefully, they do better.
“I think if you look at all the teams that are there from Ghana, Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon, these are top countries with top players. Globally, there are many other countries that are not there. Some powerhouses like Nigeria, Egypt, South Africa, and you go on and on. I think we’ve got a very good balance of the teams that are in Qatar and I think it’s important for the African people to support the teams. I support all five teams.
“Is a ninety-minute game and anything can happen. Is a World Cup. The World Cup is different. We shouldn’t rate them with friendly matches. Let’s wait until the 20th of November when the competition starts in Qatar,” he told Ghanasportspage.com.
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