FIFA has just informed the Tunisian federation that it could be excluded from the next World Cup. The Algerian neighbor could benefit from it.
After Iran, another country finds itself under the threat of a last-minute exclusion from the next World Cup. This is Tunisia. The Carthage Eagles could pay a high price for their politicians’ interference in football affairs.
Tunisia can tremble
A year after the first warning, the Tunisian Football Federation received a new threat from the International Football Federation. There would be talk of freezing sports activity in the country in the coming period if things were not in order. The information comes from the Tunisian media Mosaïque FM.
Over the past three years, the Tunisian Federation has received several threats from FIFA to freeze its activity following the offensive by Kamal Daqish, the sports minister, on Tunisian football officials. The International Federation considered this to be government interference in the work of the FTF, with the case repeated in 2020 and 2021.
This threat, if carried out, would mean banning the Tunisian national team from participating in the Qatar 2022 World Cup, which begins on November 20.
Algeria in the waiting room!
If Tunisia finds itself knocked out of the queen event, FIFA could then recall another African selection. Algeria, which is the best ranked in the FIFA rankings (37e) among the nations not playing the World Cup and which was knocked out in extremis in the play-offs (by Cameroon), will then have a good chance of being fished out. It would be unexpected for the Fennecs of Djamel Belmadi.
As a reminder, Tunisia plays in the group of France in the World Cup. The Eagles of Carthage challenge the Blues on November 30 in the last group match. Previously, they will have faced Denmark and Peru. Provided of course not to be excluded by then by international bodies.
Tunisia had, as a reminder, validated its ticket on the ground by finishing first in its group in the African zone before easily dominating Mali during the play-offs in March. In Qatar, this country was to participate in its 6e World Cup finals.
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