Road to Qatar 2022: Chipolopolo to start away in West Africa
With failure to the Africa Cup of Nations fresh in the air, Chipolopolo now know the rough road to the elusive World Cup appearance.
Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic’s boys start with a date away in Mauritania in the first weekend of June between 5-8.
A week later, 11-14 June Chipolopolo host Group B favourites and perennial World Cup campaigners Tunisia.
The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations champions will travel to Equatorial Guinea in match day three skirmishes which shall be followed by Nzalanga Nacional visiting Zambia in back to back battles between September 1-4 and 5-7.
Chipolopolo have another home game against Mauritania between October 6-9 before travelling away to Tunisia for the final qualification match between October 10-12, 2021.
In qualification to Brazil 2014, Chipolopolo were gifted three (3) free points off Sudan but failed to qualify despite winning the Africa Cup in 2012 and having Herve Renard in charge of a very experienced team.
Champions, free points, no qualification.
This time, we have a team that has failed to qualify to the Africa Cup of Nations three times in a row.
And we have a coach in Micho who now looks settled.
Let us not build castles in the air by just declaring that we are going to the World Cup.
Qualifying to the World Cup is a lot more tougher than qualifying to the Africa Cup.
Qualifying to earth’s football jamboree requires proper planning, hard work, sacrifices and support from all who want to see their countries excel.
Remember, there are ten 10 groups.
The winners of Zambia’s Group B and the other nine groups will face off in a two legged play off to decide the FIVE (5) who shall make it to Qatar.
That said, I believe Chipolopolo can qualify.
Read paragraph 12 again.
Qatar 2022 World Cup Qualifier
5- 8 June 2021
Mauritania vs Zambia (A)
11 – 14 June 2021
Zambia vs Tunisia (H)
1 – 4 September 2021
Equatorial Guinea vs Zambia (A)
5 – 7 September 2021
Zambia vs Equatorial Guinea (H)
6 – 9 October 2021
Zambia vs Mauritania (H)
10 – 12 October 2021
Tunisia vs Zambia (A)
There are 10 groups and Only teams that will be Topping the Table at the end of the Qualifiers Will qualify to the Play-Offs round where they’ll have to play a home/away knock-out contest, out of which five teams will qualify for the World Cup which will be held in Qatar November/December 2022.
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