World Cup Play-Offs: Salah Set to Square Off with Mane After Egypt Drawing Senegal

World Cup Play-Offs: Salah Set to Square Off with Mane After Egypt Drawing Senegal

  • Egypt have been pitted against Senegal for the World Cup qualifying play-offs - setting up a crunch meeting between Sadio Mane and Salah
  • The two nations are among 10 from Africa who will be competing for the continent's five slots for the 2022 World Cup
  • In other fixtures of the play-offs, Ghana will be coming up against Nigeria, with Morocco squaring off with DR Congo

Liverpool duo Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are set to square off later this year after Egypt drew Senegal in the World Cup qualifiers.

Sadio Mane with Mohamed Salah after scoring their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road on October 16, 2021 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
Egypt have been pitted against Senegal for the World Cup qualifying play-offs - setting up a crunch meeting between Sadio Mane and Salah. Photo by Richard Heathcote.
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The two Premier League stars are already on opposite sides at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon and face the prospect of meeting at the latter stages of the competition.

Salah's Egypt is up against Ivory Coast in the last 16, with Mane's Senegal set to face Cape Verde for a chance to qualify for the quarterfinal.

While clash in the final between the two nations would be massive for both players, they will still have to contend with another all-or-nothing match following Africa's draw for the World Cup qualifying playoffs.

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Five head-to-head fixtures have been lined up to determine which five African countries will represent the continent in Qatar during the 2022 World Cup.

And from the draw, one of Salah and Mane will miss out on the global extravaganza after their nations were pooled together.

A change to the qualifying rules means 10 group winners from the qualifiers have been split into five home-and-away play-off matches.

The other four playoffs will see Cameroon take on Algeria, with Ghana battling Nigeria in their own fixture.

Mali are scheduled to face Tunisia as Morocco, who won all six of their group games of the qualifiers entertaining DR Congo.

Ghana coach sacked

Earlier, Sports Brief reported The Ghana Football Association has sacked Black Stars coach Milovan Rajevac following the country's poor 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The Serbian trainer leaves four months after replacing C.K Akonnor as head coach of the national team.

Rajevac supervised the four times African Champions to their worst ever Nations Cup, after failing to win a single game at the tournament in Cameroon.

Source: SportsBrief.com