The five African countries who qualified for the 2018 World Cup (Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tunisia) are set for two friendly matches in March, during the first international week of the FIFA calendar.
For their first return to the World Cup, 28 years after their last appearance in Italy 1990, the Pharaohs decided to begin their preparation with a 100% European tone. The Egyptians will settle for 9 days in Zurich, Switzerland and play two friendly matches against Portugal, on Friday, March 23 and Greece, Tuesday, March 27, 2018.
Morocco has lined up two friendly games during the same month. The Atlas Lions will first face Serbia in Turin, Italy on Friday, March 23rd and Uzbekistan, on Tuesday, March 27 at Mohammed V stadium in Casablanca.
The Super Eagles led by German Coach Gernot Rohr will first play Poland on Friday (March 23rd) in Wroclaw and Serbia on Tuesday, March 27 at Hive Stadium in London.
Senegal will face Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday, March 27 in France, probably in Île-de-France, or possibly in Le Havre, and Uzbekistan in Rabat or Casablanca.
The Carthage Eagles, the Tunisian national team, will first host Iran on Friday, March 23 at the Rades Stadium in Tunis and make a short trip of just one hour and a half to reach the Cote d’Azur and Nice, where they will meet Costa Rica on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018.
CAF has rendered support to the participating five nations who will be representing the continent in the prestigious football tourney. Apart from financial aid and set upping a committee to assist the nations, CAF has moved African Cup of Nations Qualifier games which were slated for March to September so that the five World Cup bound countries can play buildup games during the month.