Former Cote d’Ivoire head coach Francois Zahoui has tipped the Super Eagles of Nigeria as one of the teams to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
Zahoui, who led Cote d’Ivoire to the final of the 2012 AFCON where they lost to Zambia on penalties, stated this in an interview with FIFA.
The 57-year-old is the current coach of Central Africa Republic who are drawn in the same 2022 World Cup qualifying group that has Nigeria, Liberia and Cape Verde.
When asked for his favourites to qualify for the World Cup, Zahoui said: “The favourites are the ones that participated in previous editions and have the necessary experience, such as Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Cameroon, despite the latter’s recent travails.
“Côte d’Ivoire are also a strong side that will compete fiercely for a place. There’re other teams that missed out on the last edition, such as Algeria, who I see as strong contenders for qualification this time.