Nigeria could replace Tunisia at the World Cup 2022

Nigeria could replace Tunisia at the World Cup 2022
Nigeria could replace Tunisia at the World Cup 2022

The FIFA warned Tunisia that its national team could be disqualified from the World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Because: The guidelines of the world governing body stipulate that it doesn’t tolerate political or legal interference in the committee of a football federation. This constitutes a prerequisite for eligibility to participate in the tournament. The reason for the criticism from the community and the admonition by the FIFA lies in a recent statement by the Tunisian Minister of Youth and Sports, Kamel Deguiche.

Deguiche stated that, including the football association, the federal authorities might be abolished. From the FIFA’s standpoint, this wording indicates an attempt to influence the work of the football federation. Therefore, the FIFA sent a letter to the Fédération Tunisienne de Football (FTF), which didn’t react yet. If it continues to do so, the team will be excluded from the World Cup.

Mali can hope for its first World Cup participation

Nigeria, the top-ranked non-qualified squad in the CAF confederation, figure to be the strongest contenders for an unexpected ticket to the World Cup. Both Kenya and Zimbabwe face suspensions and are ineligible either way. The European champions Italy would have a chance, but they could lose out. That’s because three UEFA members would clash in Group D. Nigerian committee members informed that they follow the situation closely. If Nigeria can’t or won’t compete, Mali would be the next possible contender. The Malians, who would make their first appearance at a World Cup, lost to the Eagles of Carthage in the qualifiers.

Iran, too, risks an exclusion from the World Cup

The FIFA World Cup 2022 starts on 20 November and approaches in big steps. Nevertheless, there are still relatively many speculations about the participants. Because: Not only the Tunisian national team causes headaches for the football fans. Ukraine asked FIFA to exclude Iran from the tournament due to its suspected involvement in the Russian invasion. From today’s perspective, the Team Melli would play against England, Wales, and the USA in Group B.

Alice Kopp

By Alice Kopp

Alice is half Austrian and half Italian. That's why she experienced the 1990 World Cup in Italy at first hand. And that awakened her enthusiasm for football. Since she has loved writing since childhood, Alice began to study journalism while still at school. It was very convenient for her that her class took part in a project of a German daily newspaper. She was also allowed to write for the children's pages of an Austrian daily newspaper and to get a taste of the sports department of the same medium. This is how she received her first press accreditations, which was of course anything but a matter of course for the then 18-year-old. Although she was partly advised against it, Alice decided to study journalism and communication sciences. After a few years, she decided to use the exams she had taken as an elective. Nevertheless, she applies the knowledge she has acquired in her further professional life. The same applies to her language skills. In addition to her mother tongues German and Italian, Alice is also proficient in English and Spanish. She also understands French and can use this language in research. During her studies, Alice was involved in an Austrian football club. At the same time, she wrote for a total of three Austrian portals and worked as an Austria correspondent for an Italian-language online medium. This collaboration started during Giovanni Trapattoni's era at Red Bull Salzburg and continued during EURO 2008. This gave her the opportunity to interact with Trapattoni as well as with Italian journalists. From the following year, Alice initially worked with a Swiss portal before discovering sports betting content for herself. On the one hand, this kept her in sports journalism, and on the other, it broadened her horizons. And that both in the context of the sports betting industry and with other sports as well as countries. In the field of sports journalism, she focused in particular on football from around the world, volleyball and beach volleyball. In addition, she naturally wrote several guides, bookmaker profiles, bonus articles and other content for betting enthusiasts. She did this for the same company for about ten years, writing articles in German and Italian. She also built the Italian-language website together with the managing director. Meanwhile, Alice started working with another Austrian football club. Furthermore, she joined the Association Internationale de la Presse Sportive (AIPS) in 2016. This gives her the opportunity to watch teams and athletes on the ground relatively often. Not only sports betting, but also radio In January 2019, the next step in her professional development followed. For: she started creating premium content on the topic of sports betting. In the process, she finally put out feelers to almost all countries and all continents. And this was not least due to the fact that both German and English-speaking users subscribed to her content. Nevertheless, Alice continued to use her knowledge of Italian, among other things. On the one hand, because she regularly exchanges ideas with Italian colleagues, and on the other, because she works with a web radio station. The Corona crisis had a strong impact on the sports world and on interest in sports betting, primarily in the early days. Therefore, a fresh start was necessary and, on balance, Alice found the fields of activity that suited her best. She also writes articles for an agency on almost all disciplines as well as on eSports and content for a German online medium. Alice is half Austrian and half Italian. That's why she experienced the 1990 World Cup in Italy at first hand. And that awakened her enthusiasm for football.