2022 World Cup: Asian countries to renew rivalry against African teams

Published on: 24 June 2022

After the playoffs for qualifying teams from both continents for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar were completed, the rivalry between Asia and Africa was reignited.

Asian countries qualified in the greatest number conceivable, with six teams qualified, the most in the history of the yellow continent's involvement in the World Cup.

In addition to the Australian squad, the next edition will feature Saudi Arabia, Japan, South Korea, Iran, and Qatar, the "host country."

South Korea achieved the best Asian result in World Cup history by qualifying for the semi-finals and finished fourth in 2002.

In regards to the African continent, five teams will compete: Ghana, Afcon champions Senegal, Tunisia, and Morocco, as well as Cameroon.

The biggest accomplishment for African teams has been reaching the quarter-finals, which Cameroon accomplished in the 1990 edition, Senegal in 2002, and Ghana in 2010.

As is customary at World Cups, there will be Asian-African clashes. In the opening round, Qatar will face Senegal.

The second match will be in Group D between Australia and Tunisia, while the final match will be in Group H, since Korea was placed in the same group as Ghana.

In the first group, the Saudi squad was drawn next to its Egyptian counterpart, and Al-Akhdar won two goals to one, while the Iranian team overcame Morocco with a goal without a response.

The Japanese squad advanced to the 16th round of the World Cup Russia 2018 with fair play, a first in World Cup history, after being tied in points and goals with Senegal in the last round of group matches, and the match finished in a positive 2-2 draw.

Ghana is currently preparing for the global showpiece Otto Addo and his lads have played two pre-World Cup friendlies - Japan and Chile.