The African teams in the 2022 World Cup will play two friendlies over the next seven days, as they seek to put the final touches on their squad for the World Championship that will be held in Qatar.
The five nations will take advantage of the international break to play their matches before naming their final teams for the World Championship in November.
The Group Five have prepared for the preliminary matches in Europe as coaches seek to put the final touches on their teams for the competition to be held in the Asian country.
With most players doing their trade in Europe, most countries will play friendly matches in European cities to ease travel concerns.
Several players have been called up by some national teams to boost their squad while others have called for dual nationals to augment their teams.
Ghana has benefited the most from players who have transitioned to citizenship. German-born duo Stefan Ambrosius and Ransford-Yeboah Königsdorfer are available as well as former Spanish star Inaki Williams and former England youth player Tariq Lamptey.
They should be ready to play with the Black Stars when they face Brazil on Friday in France before traveling to Spain to face Nicaragua on Tuesday.
The five-time world champion, Brazil, also plays against Tunisia, who represent Comoros, their second opponent during the international friendly break.
Carthage Eagles captain Wabhi Khazri said the match against South America in France will give them the tough test needed for the World Cup.
“When I heard the news, it was amazing,” Khazri told BBC Sport Africa.
“When we talk about football, we inevitably talk about Brazil because it is the country of football and the opportunity to face world-class players.
“It will be a great party and also a big challenge to measure ourselves against the best in world football. It is important that we play against the big teams before the World Cup, because in the World Cup you meet the best.
“It also allows us to see what we’re missing. We can draw conclusions at the end of the match, see what we can do well and what we can do better.”
Cameroon called up their experienced players Nicolas Nkolo and George Manjik to prepare in Asia against South Korea and Uzbekistan.
Nkolo is back with the Indomitable Lions after a five-year absence while coach Rigobert Song Manjik is recalled after his last appearance with the team three years ago.
The former Cameroon captain said he called up players to bring some experience to the youth-dominated team.
Former defender Song said: “We need experienced players like Nicholas and George, who will help our new generation of players grow. They are passionate and patriotic.”
Injuries have caused Senegal to hand over first-time call-ups to several players including Noah Fadega, son of his country’s 2002 World Cup midfielder, Khalilou, for matches against Iran and Slovakia.
The Teranga Lions are one of the popular African teams at the tournament held in Qatar, and an injury to Bayern Munich defender Bona Sarr forced a rethink, leading to the recall of Noah Fadega.
Morocco will also play friendlies as the Atlas Lions compete with Chile and Paraguay in Spain where some players have been called up to reinforce the team.
New coach Walid Regragui called up Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech, who was ostracized under former coach Vahid Halilhodzic.
The five African nations hope the friendlies will give them the opportunity to prepare their final team to help them excel in the tournament in Qatar.