Originally Posted by 0o_Ayman_o0
comparing between the arabians team in ASIA & Africa is unfair. Because playing with Indonesia, Bangladesh, Yemen or Thailand, is totally different than playing against Cameroon, Nigeria, Egypt or Libya. the chances of qualifying to the World Cup from asia is much easier, due to the easy opponents strong teams meet, and due to the qualifying system occured in Asia, which recommend 8 teams divided into 2 groups and the first two qualifies straight away and having the third playing against the 4th of America.
Originally Posted by Mussav
comparing between the arabians team in ASIA & Africa is unfair. Because playing with Cape Verde, Uganda, Benin or Gabon, is totally different than playing against Japan, South Korea, Iran or Saudi Arabia. the chances of qualifying to the World Cup from africa is much easier, due to the easy opponents strong teams meet, and due to the qualifying system occured in africa, which recommend 30 teams divided into 5 groups.
Too biased but i realize you're simply answering the same way Ayman did. In reality, I will say Africa is harder. However, in the end, only the best teams make it. What people dont realize in Africa is how bad away games are. Most of Africa is poverty-stricken so playing away games in places like Liberia, Congo, Rwanda, etc... can be hell. Just getting there, teams sometimes fly away from the country just catch a flight there. For example, North African countries sometimes fly to Paris to catch a flight to southern Africa. Once there, things only get tougher. You have to deal with poor infrastrucutre (hotels, visas, training facilities), poor transportation (getting to and from practise) and a hostile environment (local teams do anything to win). Most teams take full advantage of the last part. In last years African Cup, Tunisia made one its teams in its group practise in a field 2 hours away. That means the team spent 4 hours on a bus ?!?!?? All countries are guilty of this. Rarely well you ever hear a coach say 'Country X was a perfect host!' Also, while both continents have their big guns, Africa has lots of smaller countries that are just as dangerous. A look at the top African players in Europe will show you this. Guys like Adebayor (Togo), Kallon (Sierra Leone), Kanoute (Mali), Camara (Guinea), etc...
In the end, I think anyone will realize how tough it is to make from Africa. Competition is slightly tougher (Asia isnt as bad as people make it out to be) and other factors make it a nightmare.