Doha witnesses 14 teams competing for seven qualifying cards for the 2021 Arab Cup
14 Arab teams are preparing to compete in the qualifiers for the Arab Football Cup (Qatar 2021) in the Qatari capital, Doha, between June 19 and 25, where the qualifiers will witness seven decisive confrontations, the results of which determine the features of all the teams participating in the Arab Cup hosted by Qatar. Between November 30 and December 18, 2021. Nine teams qualified directly for the tournament after topping the list of Arab teams in the FIFA rankings. The list of qualified teams includes Qatar, the host country, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, UAE and Syria, and the remaining seven teams are determined by the results of the qualifying matches. The seven matches will be held at the Khalifa International World Cup Stadium and Jassim bin Hamad at Al Sadd Club. The website of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, which is responsible for Qatar’s preparations to host the 2022 World Cup, stated that match tickets are currently available on the Qatar Football Association website, and that attendance at the matches is required to obtain two doses of the new anti-Coronavirus that causes Covid-19 disease, or to recover from infection with the virus. During the last nine months. Below is an overview of the seven play-off matches and the teams competing for the qualification ticket: June 19 – Libya and Sudan at Khalifa International Stadium The Libyan team will meet with its Sudanese counterpart on the grounds of Khalifa International Stadium in an exciting Arab-African match to decide the ticket to compete in the fourth group, which includes the teams of Egypt and Algeria, and the winner of the Lebanon-Djibouti match. The Libyan team, nicknamed “The Knights of the Mediterranean”, which is playing the match under the leadership of Spanish coach Javier Clemente, hopes to rise to the Arab Cup to compensate its fans after failing to qualify for the next edition of the African Nations Cup scheduled for next January, which is the tournament that came to an end. And runner-up in 1982 to record as his best footballing achievement so far, in addition to obtaining the African Nations title for local players in 2014. On the other hand, Sudan is looking forward to reviving past glories by ascending to the Arab Cup. The “Jedian Falcons” team has a distinguished football history, as the Sudan team is one of the founding teams of the African Nations Cup, and the first country to honor its hosting in 1957, before organizing it for the second time in 1970 and crowning its title on its land and among its fans. June 20 – Oman and Somalia at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium The Omani and Somali teams compete in this play-off match to snatch the boarding ticket for the first group, which includes Qatar and Iraq, and the winner of the Bahrain-Kuwait match. The Omani team returns to compete in Qatar again days after the end of its journey in the fifth group in the Asian qualifiers for the World Cup Qatar 2022, whose remaining matches were held in Doha this month, in which the Omani team ranked second after Qatar, so that the Oman team maintains its hopes of qualifying to the 2022 World Cup after his success in reaching the final round of the qualifiers. The “Omani Red” has witnessed a spherical revival in recent years, as it succeeded in obtaining the Gulf Cup title twice in 2009 and 2017, and qualified for the Asian Nations Cup four times in the last five editions, and achieved a remarkable achievement in the previous edition, which was held in 2019, by reaching the round of sixteen. While the Somali team sees in this confrontation a valuable opportunity to rise to the Arab Cup and prove itself in a major football forum, after its dream of reaching the World Cup Qatar 2022 was lost after its defeat against Zimbabwe in September 2019 in the African qualifiers for the World Cup. The Ocean Stars team has a record of participating in several regional competitions, including the Central and Eastern African Football Championship known as the “CICAFA” Cup, and the Arab Games in 1985. June 21 – Jordan and South Sudan at Khalifa International Stadium The teams of Jordan and South Sudan gathered in a play-off match in which the winner qualifies for the third group, which includes Morocco and Saudi Arabia, along with the winner of the match between Palestine and Comoros. The “Al-Nashma” team faces its South Sudanese counterpart after a series of matches it played during the month of June in the second group of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, whose remaining matches were hosted by the State of Kuwait, which witnessed the suspension of the Jordanian team’s march in the competition to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar. 2022 Despite losing the opportunity to qualify for the World Cup, the Jordanian national team has made distinctive marks at the continental level, especially in the last two decades, as it twice reached the round of sixteen in the Asian Nations Cup in 2004 and 2011, and was runner-up for three times in the West Asian Football Federation Championship in the years 2002, 2008 and 2014, and crowned the Arab Games in 1997 and 1999 As for the South Sudan team, it scored its first appearance in international football in 2012, just one year after announcing its separation from Sudan. The best achievement of the “Bright Stars” team was to reach the last 16 of the Cecafa Cup in 2015, and it had previously participated in two editions of the World Cup qualifiers. June 22 – Mauritania and Yemen at Jassim bin Hamad Stadium The winner of the deciding match between Mauritania and Yemen completes the contract of the teams of Group B, which includes Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Syria. The Mauritanian national team star shined in recent years, after it managed to achieve a number of successive achievements that jumped more than 100 positions in the FIFA rankings between 2012 and 2017. The ambition of the Al-Mourabitoun team does not depend only on resolving the qualification for the Arab Cup, but also puts its eyes on the grand prize of participating in the Qatar World Cup 2022, after the qualifying draw collected it with Equatorial Guinea, Tunisia and Zambia.
The Mauritanian team was able to repeat its achievement for the second time by ascending to the next edition of the African Nations Cup, after recording its first participation in the previous edition in 2019. The Mauritanian team also participated in the Arab Games in 1976, 1985 and 1997. On the other hand, Yemen’s hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup evaporated after it finished its fourth group of Asian qualifiers for the World Cup, the remaining matches of which were held in Saudi Arabia. Yemen hopes that luck will smile to him and compensate for his loss in the World Cup qualifiers by qualifying for the Arab Cup at the expense of his Mauritanian counterpart. The Yemeni national team scored its first appearance in the Asian Nations Cup during the last edition that was held in 2019. It also participated nine times in the Gulf Cup, once in the Olympic Games in 1985, and three times in the West Asian Football Federation Championship and reached the round The semi-finals in its 2010 edition. June 23 – Lebanon and Djibouti at Khalifa International Stadium The winner of this crucial confrontation qualifies for Group D, which includes Algeria and Egypt, along with the winner of the Libya-Sudan match. With this confrontation, the Lebanese team concludes its series of matches that it played in June in the eighth group of the Asian qualifiers for the World Cup, and the remaining matches were hosted by South Korea, during which the Lebanese team succeeded in reaching the final round of the qualifying competitions for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The “rice” team is facing the confrontation with Djibouti with an open appetite that recalls its historical success in qualifying in 2019 for the second time for the Asian Nations Cup, in which it had only participated once, when it hosted it in 2000. Among the most prominent achievements of the Lebanese team is its third place in the Arab Games in 1957 and 1997 in Beirut. He also participated in seven editions of the West Asian Football Federation Championship between 2000 and 2019. As for the Djibouti team, it hopes that qualifying for the Arab Cup will be a step that increases its enthusiasm to achieve the dream of ascending to the World Cup Qatar 2022, after it succeeded in qualifying for the group stage in the African qualifiers for the World Cup at the expense of Swaziland to join the group of Algeria, Burkina Faso and Niger. The return of the Djibouti national team to Qatar in December to participate in the Arab Cup, in compensation for its early exit in October 2019 from the qualifiers for the next edition of the African Nations Cup. The Djibouti national team participated 12 times in the CECAFA Cup between 1994 and 2019. June 24 – Palestine and Comoros at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium The Palestine and Comoros teams enter this match with great ambitions, hoping to reserve the qualification ticket for the third group, which includes Morocco and Saudi Arabia, along with the winner from Jordan and South Sudan. The Palestinian team is seeking to qualify for the Arab Cup, after its hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup were dashed after the end of its advice in the fourth group of Asian qualifiers, the remaining matches of which were held in Saudi Arabia. The Canaan Lions are playing the match in the spirit of the 2015 Asian Nations Cup, in which they scored their first appearance after winning the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, before repeating it again and qualifying for the 2019 edition that was held in the UAE. The Palestinian national team has participated nine times in the West Asian Football Federation Championship and won the bronze medal in the Arab Games in 1999. On the other hand, Comoros, located in the Indian Ocean near the east coast of Africa, is seeking to announce itself in another major tournament after it booked a seat in the upcoming African Nations Cup in Cameroon after qualifying from the group that included Egypt, Kenya and Togo. The “Gambeza” team failed to reach the Qatar World Cup 2022, after its defeat in September 2019 against the Togolese team in the African qualifiers for the World Cup. The Comoros national team scored its appearance in many continental competitions, as it participated four times in the “CICAFA” Cup and won the bronze medal in the Indian Ocean Games in 1979 and 1985. June 25 – Bahrain and Kuwait at Khalifa International Stadium The qualifiers for the 2021 Arab Cup will conclude with an exciting Gulf confrontation between the Kuwaiti team and its Bahraini counterpart to snatch the qualification card for the first group, which includes Qatar and Iraq, and the winner from Oman and Somalia. The match represents an opportunity for the Bahraini and Kuwaiti teams to return to competition on the international scene, after the Asian competitions qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar this June witnessed a halt in the two teams’ journeys to compete to qualify for the next edition of the World Cup. The Bahraini national team is experiencing a football awakening after achieving a series of successes at the international level in recent years, especially the year 2019, which will be immortalized in the history of Bahraini football, in which the “Red Wolves” won two major titles in just five months, the two titles of the West Asian Football Federation Championship, which It was held in Iraq and the Gulf Cup in Qatar. Bahrain had previously won in Qatar the gold medal in the Arab Games in 2011. Although Bahrain has not qualified for the World Cup yet, it has achieved remarkable victories at the continental level, most notably the fourth place in the Asian Nations Cup, which was held in China in 2004. On the other hand, the Kuwaiti national team is one of the most prominent Gulf teams, and has a track record of achievements. It is the first Asian Arab team to qualify for the World Cup in Spain in 1982, only two years after winning the Asian Nations Cup for the only time in its history in 1980. The “Blue” team is the most crowned team in the Gulf Cup, as it holds ten titles, the last of which was in 2010, the year in which it won its only title for the West Asian Football Association Championship. Among the team’s achievements.