CAF World Cup 2022 qualifier has completed its second round and Cameroon finally sealed one berth at the playoff stage along with nine other teams while Ghana has been accused of match fixing over their decisive win.
Ten teams have topped each group to advance to the final playoff. Cameroon and Ghana are the two sides which dramatically snatched a victory in the midweek to battle for the five spots in World Cup 2022. The Indomitable Lions had a tough fixture against Ivory Coast, the group leader with only one point clear from them at their home turf. The game was even but the home side could come out as a winner in the end through a single goal of Lyon man Karl Toko Ekambi. Frank Kessie and Co did not give up and had a chance to equalise but it was denied by Cameroon goalie who has just returned to the pitch after the long suspension, Andre Onana. Bayern striker Eric Chopo Moting saw an opportunity to double their lead but his strike was just wide.
Ghana had a similar predicament with Cameroon. They needed a win to keep their hope to qualify alive after failing in the last edition. Jordan Ayew and Co had to take on the group leader South Africa which only needed one point to progress. Ghana did manage to clinch a narrow win through Andre Ayew’s penalty. However, their victory left a dubious controversy as the penalty was preceded by the tackle, which was barely seen with the minimum contact from South African defender to Daniel Amartey. The home side was also accused of match fixing along with the referee Maguette Ndiaye over this unnecessary penalty since there had been a huge increase of betting before the game. South Africa has filed their complaint to FIFA and will be reviewed by their disciplinary committee on November 23 onwards. If the decision was in favour of Bafana Bafana, the Black Stars would have to bury their dream to play in the world cup again.
In the meantime, Milos Rajevac’s men would still have to brace themselves for the playoffs which will be held in March next year. Ghana is unfortunately seeded in pot 2 since their FIFA rank is not included in the top five ones for the African teams. They are placed alongside Egypt, Mali, Cameroon and RD Congo. These five sides will be drawn against any of the teams in pot 1, Senegal, Algeria, Nigeria, Morocco and Tunisia, on December 18 to determine the five playoff games. The winner of each will fly to Qatar 2022.