Qatar World Cup: Nigeria could replace Tunisia if FIFA expels Carthage Eagles

Nigeria’s Super Eagles could replace Tunisia if FIFA decides to expel the Carthage Eagles from the upcoming World Cup.
Football’s governing body has warned Tunisia that its team could be excluded from the upcoming World Cup in Qatar if the government intervenes in football matters.

There are possibilities that some countries that have qualified for the 2022 World Cup will not participate in the tournament due to some controversy.

Ukraine has asked FIFA to exclude Iran, who are in the same group as England from the tournament, due to their alleged role in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

FIFA has warned Tunisia after a recent comment by the country’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Kamel Deguiche, about the dissolution of the federal offices, which could also include the football federation.

The governing body of football believes that Deguiche intends to interfere in the functioning of the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF).

FIFA, in its reaction to the development, has forwarded a letter to the FTF regarding its concerns, to which it expects a hasty response.

If FIFA does not receive the necessary clarity on Deguiche’s comments, Tunisia risks being banned from the 2022 World Cup.

Kenya and Zimbabwe already received suspensions from FIFA for government interference last year.

There is speculation about who could replace Tunisia at the World Cup if they are indeed suspended by FIFA.

There are possibilities that Tunisia will be replaced by a member of the African member association (CAF).

Nigeria is the highest ranked CAF member that did not qualify for the World Cup.

Mali could also have a chance to replace Tunisia as they were beaten 1-0 by the Eagles of Carthage in both World Cup qualifiers earlier this year.

Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) officials have yet to react to the development.

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