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2018 World Cup: What awaits the five African Teams?

BBC Africa Sport/Maximilian Kasseh,Jr.
The Super Eagles of  Nigeria
The Super Eagles of Nigeria

At the request of broadcasters, FIFA has proceeded with some changes in the initial program. Time schedules have been modified to satisfy as many people as possible.

Discover the programme of the 5 qualified from Africa: Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tunisia.

Mohammed Salah of Egypt

64 matches, 32 countries dreaming of the top of the world, a month of competition and millions of pairs of eyes turned to Russia, theatre of the biggest international sporting event of the 2018 vintage: since Friday and the draw in Moscow, the next 2018 World Cup (June 14-July 15) has entered a more concrete phase. In a month, the football world will be heated white.

Meanwhile, some touches have already been affected. At the request of broadcasters, FIFA has proceeded with some changes in the initial program. Time schedules have been modified to satisfy as many people as possible.

The African representative, that is Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia, know what awaits them, even if Germany is the favourite for the title.

Egypt will start strongly

As culture demands, the hosting country - Russia - will play the first match of the competition (against Saudi Arabia). Egypt will then have the honour of playing the second match of this world cup.

Morocco National Team

And the Pharaohs will have a tough fight, as they will face the group A favourite: Uruguay, who has two goal poachers Edinson “El Matador” Cavani and Luis “El Pistolero” Suarez. Then Egypt will confront Russia, cheered by its public. The Egyptians therefore have to be ready right from the beginning of the competition to be qualified - if it is not already done - during their last group match against Saudi Arabia.

• Egypt-Uruguay in Ekaterinburg | Friday, June 15 (5pm local time, 12:00 GMT)

• Russia-Egypt in St. Petersburg | Tuesday 19 June (9 pm local time, 6 pm GMT)

• Saudi Arabia-Egypt in Volgograd | Monday, June 25 (5 pm local time, 2 pm GMT)

Morocco, a little col before Everest
In falling in Group B, the Lions of Atlas, have known quickly during the draws that they will be facing two monsters in June. To that end, Morocco will face Portugal, champion of Europe, and Spain.

The draw gave them at least a little advantage, according to most bookmakers: a first match against Iran, a team below the level of the two European giants. If the men of Hervé Renard manage this match well, they will have a strong argument during the contest against the Iberians.

• Morocco-Iran in Saint Petersburg | Friday, June 15 (6 pm local time, 3 pm GMT)

• Portugal-Morocco in Moscow [Loujniki stadium] | Wednesday 20 June (3 pm local time, 12:00 GMT)
• Spain-Morocco in Kaliningrad | Monday, June 25 (8 pm local time, 6 pm GMT)

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Nigeria will finish against Messi and CIE
For the 5th time in its 6 participations in the World cup, Nigeria will face Argentina in the group stage (Group D). But the meeting between the Super Eagles and the vice world champions will take place by the end of June.

Tunisia National Team

The head coach Gernot Rohr and his team will start against Croatia of players Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic. Then they will face up against the surprising Icelanders.

Before then, why not, achieve the feat against Argentina. Genting Bet odds on qualify to qualify: 23/10.