Africa press review

In the spotlight: the three Lions, the Eagle and the Stars…

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Senegalese President Macky Sall talks to Sadio Mane and Kalidou Koulibaly as he greets the Senegal national football team on their arrival after their African Cup victory, at Leopold Sedar Senghor Airport, Dakar, Senegal on February 7, 2022. REUTERS - ZOHRA BENSEMRA

By: Frédéric Couteau Follow

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And if it was the year of Africa? 

asks the information site

WakatSéra

.

“ 

Three Lions to roar.

An Eagle to soar high in the Qatari sky and a Star to shine in the firmament.

Africa will be well represented at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar at the end of this year.

She even has something to dream of winning, why not, for the first time, the Holy Grail.

Everything will be possible for the continent (…).

»

Indeed, the Lions of Teranga, first of all, qualified last night at the expense of the Pharaohs.

A remake of the CAN final which once again turned in favor of the Senegalese.

"

 The legend continues 

",

shouts WalfQuotidien

on the front page.

“ 

The Lions did it.

(…) Senegal snatched its qualification for the next World Cup ahead of Egypt, thanks to the penalty shootout (3-1).

The Lions had quickly fallen behind (from the first leg) by opening the scoring in the 4th (1-0), even if they played 120 minutes before dismissing the Pharaohs. 

»

The mummified Pharaohs…

For

24 Hours

, still in Dakar, it's " 

mission accomplished! "

(…) Senegal leaves Egypt and Salah on the floor

 ”, enthuses the Senegalese daily.

(…)

Aliou Cissé's Lions thwarted the trends of history which saw the African champion not taking part in the next World Cup.

Last example in 2018

, recalls

24 Hours

,

Cameroon, crowned with its title, had missed the boat.

More generally, over the last 30 years, it's fifty-fifty: half the time, the reigning African champion fails to join the World Cup.

 In any case, it's done for the Lions.

The devoured Fennecs…

The Indomitable Lions for their part have well deserved their nickname... This is what

WakatSéra

notes  : " 

in the bitter aftermath of a 2021 African Cup of Nations that the Cameroonians organized to occupy only third place, and while a number of bookmakers had sold the skin of the… Lion before having killed him, the Lions of the brand new coach Rigobert Song, devoured the Algerian Fennecs in their hitherto impregnable stronghold of Blida.

It must be said bluntly,

continues the Burkinabé site,

the Indomitable Lions, carried to the edge of the lawn by the new president of the Cameroonian Football Federation, Samuel Eto'o in person, showed a sacred character to emerge victorious from the Algerian hell.

 »

The Congolese Leopards swallowed…

Other beasts, the Atlas Lions, have therefore also won their ticket... The daily

Le Matin

is  jubilant: " 

at the end of one of the most successful matches under the Halilhodzic era and an undisputed victory against DR Congo , the Moroccan national team has validated its ticket for the 22nd edition of the World Cup, Qatar 2022. The goals of Azeddine Ounahi, Tarik Tissoudali and Achraf Hakimi animated the bays of the Mohammed V Complex in Casablanca.

 »

Malian Eagles plucked…

Tunisia will also go to the World Cup.

 The Eagles of Carthage qualified 

”, exclaims

La Presse

 in Tunis.

“ 

The national team got its ticket thanks to the goalless draw (0-0) obtained last night, at the Radès stadium in front of its Malian counterpart, on behalf of the 3rd and last round return of the African qualifications.

Tunisia had won the first leg (1-0), played last Friday in Bamako. 

»

“ 

After 1978, 1998, 2002, 2006 and 2018, Tunisia qualified for the sixth time in its history for a final phase of the World Cup 

”, recalls for its part the information site

Webdo

.

Nigerian Super Eagles muzzled…

Finally, it happened just right for the Black Stars, the Black Stars of Ghana: “

 the double confrontation between Ghana and Nigeria kept its suspense until the final whistle,

points out the daily newspaper

Today

.

After the 0-0 goalless draw in Ghana, Nigeria, which received the Black Stars in Abuja, seemed to be holding the right end.

It was not counting with the Ghanaian captain Thomas Partey, scorer from the 10th minute.

But quickly, Nigeria came back thanks to a penalty.

The final score will remain at 1 goal everywhere, thus advantage to Ghana which qualifies thanks to its away goal.

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