Liberia, Nigeria, and Three Other Countries Absent From FIFA World Cup in Qatar

The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men’s national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the sport’s global governing body.

The FIFA World Cup remains the world’s biggest football festival that plays every four years with thirty-two countries battling for the championship.

The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War.

The current champions are France, who won their second title at the 2018 tournament in Russia.

KOOL 91.9FM and Talking Sports highlight five top nations that miss out on this year’s FIFA World Cup in Qatar.


Although the nation produced the 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year, George Weah, its football team has never qualified for the FIFA World Cup and has qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations just twice—in 1996 and 2002.

The CAF Second Round of the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifications was Liberia’s best chance of making it to the biggest football stage.

The top country in each group at the end of the stage progressed to the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Liberia finished second behind Nigeria with fifteen points one point behind the super eagles of Nigeria.

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