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Liverpool’s sniper Mohamed Salah is set to be a sought-after star in 2021. Egypt not only wants him to qualify for the World Cup and the African Cup of Nations, but also for the Olympic Games.

The seven-time African record champions will have to play between six and eight World Cup games and two in the Nations Cup as the continent is catching up after 2020. Coronavirus schedules were badly affected.

Three aging players are allowed to qualify for the Olympics in a tournament otherwise reserved for footballers under the age of 23, and Salah tops the Egyptian wish list when planning for Tokyo.

Here AFP Sport outlines what African football is in store for. A new president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is due to be elected in March after the incumbent Ahmad Ahmad was banned from FIFA for five years.

Salah and his former African footballer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will face each other in Group F, where Gabon is likely to pose the greatest threat to Egypt.

Libya, unable to play at home due to a violent struggle for political control of the oil-rich country, and Angola out of shape are also in the section and only the team that ends first survives.

The African champions Algeria, Tunisia, Nigeria, Cameroon, Mali, Egypt, Ghana, Senegal, Morocco and the Democratic Republic of the Congo win the 10 groups and reach the two-legged finals.

Among the last 10 champions, defending champions Zambia 2012 are at greatest risk of missing the 24-man tournament in Cameroon, which was postponed a year before the start of 2022 due to Covid-19.

The Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) are the last in a group in which defending champions Algeria have already qualified, Zimbabwe second and Botswana third.

Losing three out of four qualifiers, Zambia host Algeria and visit Zimbabwe in March to avoid missing three consecutive Nations Cup finals.

Hosts Cameroon are hoping to emulate the 2018 champions, Morocco, and win a 16-team competition at home reserved for footballers playing in their country of birth.

After a coach change and disappointing warm-up results for the tournament from 16. January to 7. However, February will be a difficult task for the Cameroonians.

Qualifying was full of shocks, with Algeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Senegal eliminated, while former champions Tunisia pulled out after securing a spot.

Africa has collected two gold, silver and two bronze medals in the last seven soccer tournaments of the Olympic Games. Nigeria won in 1996 and Cameroon emulated them four years later.

No country will be in Tokyo, however, Egypt, Ivory Coast and South Africa are the African representatives.

It will be the 11th. Be Egypt – a record for an African nation – and their best performances came in fourth at the 1928 Amsterdam and 1964 Tokyo Games.

Al Ahly from Egypt will not only defend the Champions League title, but will also play against Renaissance Berkane from Morocco in the CAF Super Cup and try to improve a bad record at the FIFA Club World Cup.

The biggest threats to the Red Devils in the Champions League are likely to come from neighbors Zamalek in Cairo, Casablanca clubs Raja and Wydad, and Esperance Tunis.

Ahly has competed regularly in the Club World Cup, losing nine out of twelve games in five games, including a 5-1 draw for Mexicans Monterrey.

Berkane defeated the expensive Egyptian pyramids in the 2020 final and both are again among the strongest competitors.

Etoile Sahel from Tunisia, the only club to have won all five current and past CAF competitions, and the runner-up in the 2015 Confederation Cup, Orlando Pirates from South Africa, could go far.

The last 32 Champions League losers join the African equivalent of the UEFA Europa League in the playoffs. This could include CS Sfaxien from Tunisia, who won the Confederation Cup three times.

Malagasy Ahmad was a hot favorite to secure a second term as CAF president until FIFA banned him from all football activities for five years.

A FIFA statement said the 60-year-old had « breached his duty of loyalty, offered gifts and other benefits, mismanaged funds and abused his position as CAF president ». .

After Ahmad took a break, the Ivorian Jacques Anouma, the Mauritanian Ahmed Yahya, the Senegalese Augustin Senghor and the South African Patrice Motsepe will be on the 12th. March in Rabat participate in the elections.

Football fans in the many African countries where SuperSport from Johannesburg is reporting on CAF competitions are hoping for the end of a power failure with the upcoming Nations Cup.

CAF last year ended a $ 1 billion (€ 815 million) contract with French company Lagardere, which is set to run until 2028 after a Cairo court ruled the deal violated Egyptian competition rules.

SuperSport, who were showing games with Canal (French) and BeIN Sports (Arabic), said they couldn’t continue as they signed a deal with Lagardere.

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