World Cup 2023. Here’s the reason for the African zone qualifiers organized in France

lions of algeria and uganda cranes (rugby cranes)
The Lions of Algeria and Uganda’s Cranes (the rugby cranes) have an appointment in France, in July 2022, to get their ticket for the 2023 World Cup (© Algeria Rugby Union)

AlgeriaAnd the NamibiaAnd the Ivory CoastAnd the Burkina FasoAnd the ZimbabweAnd the SenegalAnd the UgandaAnd the Kenya…the eight African countries are still on their way to join Group A Rugby World Cup 2023 They will face each other in Francein July 2022.

The exact location of this African qualifying tournament has yet to be determined. The nation that wins the competition will qualify for the 2023 World Cup in France, in a group bluesFrom all blackFrom’Italia And theAmerica 1 (US or Uruguay).

Claude Accher: “It’s an opportunity to showcase African rugby”

“The Organizing Committee for France 2023 proposed that African rugbywhich agreed to host the finals of the eight African teams’ final qualifiers in July 2022. Thus, the Africa 1 match, the first African qualifiers for the Rugby World Cup, will be held in France”, revealed the World Cup General Manager. And Claude Acher. This is the first time that a country hosting the World Cup has hosted a continental region qualifier for the aforementioned World Cup on its soil.

These qualifiers, which will start directly with the quarter-finals, will be played over two weeks, with the semi-finals taking place in the middle of the week. “African rugby has made a lot of progress in the last two or three years, both in terms of sporting and structural terms,” said Claude Atcher. “Today, a chance The highlight of this African rugby As part of a tournament organized in France, it seemed to us a good opportunity to highlight the work done and the sporting level of the participating teams. Happy unions. For them, this is a good opportunity to participate in a tournament with levels of organization similar to the 2023 World Cup.

Africa Zone Qualifiers Quarter-Final Schedule

Namibia – Burkina Faso
Zimbabwe – Ivory Coast
Senegal – Algeria
Uganda – Kenya

“We are looking for a city with, at least, two stadiums with a capacity of 5 to 10,000 seats”

It now remains to be seen where this African qualifying tournament will take place. The general manager of France 2023 indicated: “We are looking into the infrastructure and the interest of the communities in hosting this tournament.” We need at least two stadiums To play the quarter-finals. We are looking for city able to provide sufficient land for It can accommodate 5 to 10,000 spectators. »

The winner of these African qualifiers will find themselves in Group A of the 2023 World Cup, with France, New Zealand, Italy and the best qualifying US nation (USA or Uruguay competing in the first-leg matches – back on Oct. 2nd and 9th). The unfortunate finalist will still have a chance to participate in the 2023 World Cup in France, but will have to go through The last qualifying tournament organized in November 2022. The winner of the last chance competition will join Group C withAustraliaThe GaulThe Fiji The best qualified European country.

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