Azzedine Ounahi scored twice as Morocco dispatched the Democratic Republic of Congo 4-1 in Casablanca on Tuesday evening to win the playoff tie 5-2 and book their ticket for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
Qualification means the Atlas Lions will appear at their sixth World Cup in November, while the DRC miss out on their first appearance at the global showpiece since 1974.
Senegal’s World Cup qualifying playoff against Egypt was billed both as a rematch of the pair’s Africa Cup of Nations final last month, and a meeting between Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
One of the Anfield pair—arguably Africa’s two best players—was going to miss out on the global showpiece, and ultimately, it’s Salah who will have to sit out Qatar after Senegal’s penalty shootout victory in Dakar.
Meanwhile, Ghana qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup after holding Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their final qualifying tie.
The Black Stars held the three-time African champions to a goalless draw in Kumasi on Friday, and they scored an away goal in Abuja to advance to Qatar.
Nigeria coach Augustine Eguavoen made five changes to the team that played in Kumasi last Friday while his Ghana counterpart Otto Addo stuck to an unchanged XI.
It was an action-packed first 45 minutes at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium with Francis Uzoho making a huge error that led to Ghana’s opening goal in the 10th minute.
Arsenal’s Thomas Partey fired a powerful shot from outside the penalty area and it sneaked under the Omonia Nicosia shot-stopper and into the back of the net.
Nigeria responded immediately to the first goal and they got a penalty in the 19th minute after Ademola Lookman was brought down by Dennis Odoi.
The Tunisian referee initially waved off the foul but it was overturned after a VAR review.
Captain William Troost-Ekong stepped up to take the penalty which he converted to get Augustine Eguavoen’s side level.
Four minutes after the half-hour mark, Osimhen had the ball in the back of the net after connecting to a through-ball from Leon Balogun but it was ruled out for offside by the VAR.
The second half started on a bright note for the Super Eagles with Abdullahi Shehu replacing Onyeka but they struggled to break down a solid Black Stars defense.
Cameroon defeats Algeria 2-1 and qualifies for the Qatar 2022 World Cup on away goals rule having lost the first leg 0ne-nil.
A 123rd-minute goal from Ekambi sends them to Qatar and Algeria eliminated.
Tunisia makes up the five African countries at the World Cup