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Africa began her sojourn in this tournament in the year 1934, with Egypt who was the first African team to show interest in the tournament.
However, they were eliminated by Italy in the qualifiers. In 1970, the Atlas lion of Morocco had to play ten very tense games before it could qualify for the single slot allocated to Africa.
Even their last match to Tunisia was decided via a coin toss after full time ended in stalemate. However, their joy was short-lived as their group was pretty tough, having the likes of West Germany, Bulgaria and Peru. They lost the entire match save one.
From then onwards, at least one African team has been present in the senior soccer world cup organized by FIFA. Thirteen African countries have competed at the FIFA world cup since its inception.
A summary of their performances from 1934 -1998 are below:
Country Year Fixtures and Results
EGYPT 1934 2-4 (HUNGARY)
MOROCCO 1970 1-2 (WEST GERMANY)
ZAIRE 1974 0-2(SCOTLAND)
TUNISIA 1978 3-1 (MEXICO)
ALGERIA 1982 2-1(WEST GERMANY)
CAMEROON 1982 0-0(PERU)
ALGERIA 1985 1-1(N-IRELAND)
MOROCCO 1986 0-0(POLAND)
1-1 (WEST GERMANY
CAMEROON 1990 1-0(ARGENTINA)
EGYPT 1990 1-1(NETHERLANDS)
CAMEROON 1994 2-2(SWEDEN)
MOROCCO 1994 0-1(BELGIUM)
NIGERIA 1994 3-0(BULGARIA)
CAMEROON 1998 1-1(AUSTRIA)
MOROCCO 1998 2-2 (NORWAY)
NIGERIA 1998 3-2(SPAIN)
SOUTH AFRICA 1998 0-3(FRANCE)
2-2 SAUDI ARABIA
How The 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Stages Went
The 2018 FIFA world cup is grouped into stages depending on the continent of member nations. We have the Europe zone, COMMEBOL, ASIA, AFRICA and the OCEANIA. Each group is staged on co-efficient accumulated by each country in FIFA based tournaments. However, there are various ways which this is done.
The South American zone (COMEBOL) has just one group of 10 nations; the first four qualifies automatically while the fifth goes into a playoff.
Africa is allotted just five slots in the tournament where they are grouped into five groups in which the group winners get the ticket. Note that with an advent that two nations are joint top, the head-to-head rule comes into play.
Swaziland vs DJIBOUTI
Swaziland won on aggregate after regular time (8 – 1)
Botswana vs ERITREA
Botswana won on aggregate after regular time (5 – 1)
Mauritania vs SOUTH SUDAN
Mauritania won on aggregate after regular time (5 – 1)
Guinea-Bissau vs LIBERIA
Liberia won on aggregate after regular time (2 – 4)
Namibia vs GAMBIA
Namibia won on aggregate after regular time (3 – 2)
Lesotho vs COMOROS
Comoros won on away goal after regular time
Burundi vs SEYCHELLES
Burundi won on aggregate after regular time (3 – 0)
Niger vs SOMALIA
Niger won on aggregate after regular time (6 – 0)
Sierra Leone vs CHAD
Chad win on away goal after regular time
Madagascar vs the CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Madagascar won on aggregate after regular time (5 – 2)
Ethiopia vs SAO TOME E PRINCIPE
Ethiopia won on aggregate after regular time (3 – 1)
Kenya vs MAURITIUS
Kenya won on aggregate after regular time (5 – 2)
Malawi vs TANZANIA
Tanzania won on aggregate after regular time (1 – 2)
Cape Verde vs KENYA
Cape Verde Islands won on aggregate after regular time (2 – 1)
Senegal vs MADAGASCAR
Senegal won on aggregate after regular time (5 – 2)
Mali vs BOTSWANA
Mali won on aggregate after regular time (3 – 2)
South Africa vs ANGOLA
South Africa won on aggregate after regular time (4 – 1)
Algeria vs TANZANIA
Algeria won on aggregate after regular time (9 – 2)
Burkina Faso vs BENIN
Burkina Faso won on aggregate after regular time (3 – 2)
Tunisia vs MAURITANIA
Tunisia won on aggregate after regular time (4 – 2)
Côte d’Ivoire vs LIBERIA
Côte d’Ivoire won on aggregate after regular time (4 – 0)
Egypt won on aggregate after regular time (4 – 1)
Nigeria vs SWAZILAND
Nigeria won on aggregate after regular time (2 – 0)
Rwanda vs LIBYA
Libya won on aggregate after regular time (1 – 4)
Ghana vs COMOROS
Ghana won on aggregate after regular time (2 – 0)
Congo vs ETHIOPIA
Congo won on aggregate after regular time (6 – 4)
Cameroon vs NIGER
Cameroon won on aggregate after regular time (3 – 0)
Guinea vs NAMIBIA
Equatorial Guinea vs MOROCCO
Morocco won on aggregate after regular time (1 – 2)
Congo DR vs BURUNDI
Congo DR won on aggregate after regular time (6 – 2)
Uganda vs TOGO
Uganda won on aggregate after regular time (4 – 0)
Zambia vs SUDAN
Zambia won on aggregate after regular time (3 – 0)
Botswana vs MALI
Gabon vs MOZAMBIQUE
Gabon won on penalties (4 – 3)
Tanzania vs ALGERIA
Ethiopia vs CONGO
Chad vs EGYPT
Swaziland vs NIGERIA
Mauritania vs TUNISIA
Liberia vs CÔTE D’IVOIRE
Kenya vs CAPE VERDE ISLANDS
Niger vs CAMEROON
Comoros vs GHANA
Libya vs RWANDA
Angola vs SOUTH AFRICA
Madagascar vs SENEGAL
Morocco vs EQUATORIAL GUINEA
Namibia vs GUINEA
Burundi vs DR CONGO
Togo vs UGANDA
Benin vs BURKINA FASO
Sudan vs ZAMBIA
Mozambique vs GABON
WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS AFRICA TABLE:
African teams vying to be at the Russia 2018 are grouped into five groups. Four teams are in a group based on their position in the FIFA ranking. The groups are:
World cup qualifier 2018 ASIA
There are 12 teams in Asia for the qualifying stages. The teams are group into two pairs. Two teams will qualify straight each from the groups while the third-placed teams will play against each other for the final position.
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
South Korea is the nation in Asia with the best record at the tournament. They came fourth in the 2002 FIFA world cup in Japan/Korea, which they lost to Turkey.
How the 2018 AFRICA World Cup Draw
Jostling for sole tickets in each group, African giants are pitted against each other.
Group A which has the likes of Tunisia, Guinea, Libya and DR Congo. It should be a cake-walk for Tunisia. However, they should be careful not to be scorched by Guinea or DR Congo.
The obvious group of death is group B which has the likes of three times African champions Nigeria, current champion Cameroon, former champions Zambia and the second highest ranked team, Algeria.
Group C is also a very difficult group because it sets former champions against each other. Morocco and Ivory Coast which are household names in Africa football will be top contenders in the group. However, Gabon with Aubameyang and Mali with the experienced Kieta will not go down without a fight.
Sadio Manes teranga lions of Senegal will be favorites in group D. They will slug it out with Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, and South Africa. This group should be basically between Senegal and South Africa. However, we can never say never.
The final Group in the Africa zone is the group that houses two great Africa teams, the pharaohs of Egypt and the black stars of Ghana. They are joined in this group by Uganda and Congo.
The CAF World Cup Qualifying 2018 Results:
DR CONGO VS LIBYA 4-0
TUNISIA VS GUNIEA 2-0
LIBYA VS TUNISIA 0-1
GUNIEA VS DR CONGO 1-2
GUNIEA VS LIBYA 3-2
TUNISIA VS DR CONGO 2-1
LIBYA VS GUNIEA 1-0
DR CONGO VS TUNISIA 2-2
LIBYA VS DR CONGO 1-2
GUNIEA VS TUNISIA 1-4
Outstanding Games in Group A
DR CONGO VS GUINEA
TUNISIA VS LIBYA
ZAMBIA VS NIGERIA 1-2
ALGERIA VS CAMEROON 1-1
CAMEROON VS ZAMBIA 1-1
NIGERIA VS ALGERIA 3-1
NIGERIA VS CAMEROON 4-0
ZAMBIA VS ALGERIA 3-1
CAMEROON VS NIGERIA 1-1
ALGERIA VS ZAMBIA 0-1
CAMEROON VS ALGERIA 2-0
NIGERIA VS ZAMBIA 1-0
Outstanding Matches in Group B
ALGERIA VS NIGERIA
ZAMBIA VS CAMEROON
GABON VS MORROCO 0-0
IVORY COAST VS MALI 3-1
MALI VS GABON 0-0
MOROCCO VS IVORY COAST 0-0
MOROCCO VS MALI 6-0
GABON VS IVORY COAST 0-3
IVORY COAST VS GABON 1-2
MALI VS MOROCCO 0-0
MALI VS IVORY COAST 0-0
MOROCCO VS GABON 3-0
Outstanding Matches in Group C
GABON VS MALI
IVORY COAST VS MOROCCO
BURKINA FASO VS SENEGAL 1-1
SENEGAL VS CAPE VERDE 2-0
SOUTH AFRICA VS SENEGAL CANCELLED
CAPE VERDE VS BURKINA FASO 0-2
CAPE VERDE VS SOUTH AFRICA 2-1
SENEGAL VS BURKINA FASO 0-0
SOUTH AFRICA VS CAPE VERDE 1-2
BURKINA FASO VS SENEGAL 2-2
SOUTH AFRICA VS BURKINA FASO 3-1
CAPE VERDE VS SENEGAL 0-2
Outstanding matches in Group D
SOUTH AFRICA VS SENEGAL
BURKINA FASO VS CAPE VERDE
SENEGAL VS SOUTH AFRICA
GUNIEA VS UGANDA 0-0
CONGO VS EGYPT 1-2
UGANDA VS CONGO 1-0
EGYPT VS GHANA 2-0
UGANDA VS EGYPT 1-0
GHANA VS CONGO 1-1
CONGO VS GHANA 1-5
EGYPT VS UGANDA 1-0
UGANDA VS GHANA 0-0
EGYPT VS CONGO 2-1
Outstanding Matches in Group E
CONGO VS UGANDA
GHANA VS EGYPT
Summary of African Nations Participation in World Cups from 1990 to Date:
Italy 1990 Soccer World Cup
At Italia 1990, Cameroon was the surprise package of the tournament. In their first match, they shocked the world beating defending champions Argentina 1-0 through a goal by François Omam-Biyik, despite finishing their match with nine men. In their following match, they defeated Romania 2-1 thanks to two goals from the veteran.
In their following match, they defeated Romania 2-1 thanks to two goals from the veteran substitute Roger Milla.
Cameroon was whipped 0-4 by the Soviet Union.
In the second round, Cameroon defeated Colombia, with Roger Milla again coming on as a second-half substitute to score twice becoming a hero, famously dilly-dallying Colombian goalkeeper René Higuita for one of the goals.
At the quarterfinals, they were seven minutes from making history by qualifying for the semi-finals when England was awarded a controversial penalty. England won the match 3-2 after extra time.
USA 1994 Football World Cup
At USA 1994, the year started on a sad note with the ill-fated crash by the Zambia national team. However, Nigerian Super Eagles made their Grand entrance into the stage beating Greece and Bulgaria with her great talents.
Captained by the Late Stephen Keshi and inspired by African footballer of the year Late Rashidi Yekini, they moved to the second round where they lost narrowly to finalist Italy via a Roberto Baggio goal.
An African team progressed beyond the first stage, after Morocco in 1986 and Cameroon in 1990. This was why FIFA increased Africa’s allocation from 3 to 5 spots as the World Cup expanded from 24 to 32 teams four years later.
France 1998 World Cup
France 1998, started brightly for Africa. Nigeria beat Spain 3 – 2 in an entertaining match. However, they were trashed 4-1 by the lethal Danish side. They were the only African representative in the second round for the fourth time in succession.
Japan /Korea 2002
The Lions of Senegal shocked the world defeating the defending champions(France) and went on to reach the quarterfinals.
In Group A, after beating France 1-0 with a goal from Papa Bouba Diop, they drew 1-1 with Denmark. In their final group match against Uruguay, they gave away a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3.
They qualified at the expense of defending champion France and super weights Uruguay. In the Round of 16, a golden goal in extra time (to add to his 37th-minute strike) from Henri Camara took Senegal 2-1 past Sweden after extra time. Against Turkey, Hakan Sukur and Hassan made sure they were eliminated.
South Africa drew 2-2 with Paraguay with an injury-time penalty. They later defeated Slovenia 1- 0. This was their first ever World Cup win. However, a 2-3 loss to Spain then sent South Africa home.
In Group E, Cameroon drew 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland, beat Saudi Arabia 1-0, and then lost 0-2 to Germany. In Group F, Nigeria lost again to Argentina, lost 1-2 to Sweden, drew with England.
In Group H, Tunisia lost two of their matches and drew one. As a summary of the five African representatives in the tournament, three won at least once, but only one progressed beyond the first round.
Still, Senegal’s surprise run made it the fifth successive time an African nation had made it to the Round of 16, and the second time an African country had reached the quarterfinals. Three of the five African nations took a local coach to the World Cup; only one of those three won a match.
Germany 2006 World Cup
At Germany 2006, Côte d’Ivoire lost its first two matches against Argentina and the Netherlands before coming back from 0-2 down to beat Serbia and Montenegro 3-2. In Group D, Angola – the only African team at the finals with a local coach (Luís Oliveira Gonçalves) were beaten in their first match 0-1 to Portugal. They later drew 0-0 with Mexico and drew again 1-1 with Iran.
An ugly scenario reared its ugly head when Togo made more news off the pitch. There was a dispute over team bonuses causing their coach Otto Pfister to walk out on the team. This happened before their first match. And FIFA officials had to step in to prevent the players from boycotting the second match.
The aftermath result was abysmal. They lost all three Matches: 1-2 to South Korea; lost 0-2 to Switzerland; and 0-2 to eventual finalists France. In Group H, Tunisia drew 2-2 with Saudi Arabia, lost 1-3 to Spain and 0-1 to Ukraine.
The black stars of Ghana began with a 0-2 loss to eventual winners Italy. They bounced back with a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic and a 2-1 win over the U.S.
They were the saving grace of Africa in the Round of 16. They lost 0-3 to Brazil in the Round of 16. The scandal that followed the match was that the match alleged to have been fixed, but immediately Ghana Football Association denied it.
South Africa 2010 World Cup
The year 2010 was a milestone for Africa because this was the first time the continent was hosting the senior world cup which was done successfully in South Africa. Bafana Bafana of South Africa was the first World Cup hosts to get knocked out in the first round.
The other Africa teams like Nigeria, Algeria, Ivory Coast and Cameroon also exited the tournament after the Group stages.
Thankfully, Ghana went beyond the group stages of the FIFA World Cup for the second time in a row. They eliminated the U.S team 2-1 in the Round of 16. This took them to the quarter-finals, making them the third African nation to do so. In the quarter-finals, they were beaten by Uruguay although in controversial circumstances.
Ghana was beaten by Uruguay on penalties after Barcelona Luis Suárez hand-balled on the goal line late into extra time, denying the black stars a sure certain winning goal.
The resulting penalty was missed by Asamoah Gyan. Which if he had scored would have certainly booked them a place in semi-finals and be the first African nation to progress to the semi-finals of the world cup. For this singular feat, Ghana was ranked fifth in the world.
Brazil 2014 World Cup
In 2014, the World Cup in Brazil was the first time more than one African team progressed beyond the group stages. Cameroon and Ghana had disappointing results and eventually ended at rock bottom in their group. Ivory Coast was kicked out in the first round after Greece were awarded a last-gasp penalty.
Nigeria and Algeria were the two teams that saved the face of Africa. The Nigerians drew their first game against Iran, before inflicting defeat on Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-0. The super eagles went down 3-2 to superpower Argentina in their final match. However, Iran lost to the Bosnians 3-1 and Nigeria qualified to the Round of 16 for the third time in history, after 1998 and 1994.
Algeria was beaten 2-1 by a strong Belgium side in their opening match in their group but bounced back with a 4-2 victory over the Korean Republic in their second match. In their final Group match, a tough 1-1 draw with Russia was all they needed to go through to the next round.
In the Round of 16, Nigeria and Algeria both disappointed the continent as they both lost to the likes of France and Germany. For getting this far in the tournament and losing to one of Europe finest means that Africa is getting there gradually.
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan became Africa’s all-time leading top scorer at the World Cup, having netted 6 goals in 3 World Cups, thus exceeding Cameroon veteran Roger Milla’s 5 goals. In spite of different constraints impeding Africa as a continent, political and economical, they have been able to do well for themselves. Will they be able to go one step further? Time will tell.
List of African teams that have qualified for the 2018 World Cup
Two African teams have qualified for the 2018 world cup in Moscow Russia. The teams are Nigeria and Egypt. Nigeria is the first team to qualify in the African zone followed swiftly by Egypt.
The super eagles had to scale through a difficult group comprising of Algeria, Zambia, and Cameroon, while the pharaohs of Egypt had to slug it out with Ghana.
There are still three slots available for African contingents. There is still a glimmer of hope for the likes of Gabon, Tunisia, Senegal, and Ivory Coast. But it will depend on the outcome of the final games on November 11.
Top African stars who will miss the 2018 world cup in Russia
Despite having a plethora of star-studded stars in their ranks, the desert foxes of Algeria crash out of their group with their tails behind their legs.
They came a dismal last in their group.This means stars like former African footballer of the year and Leicester city playmaker Riyadh Mahrez and teammate Islam Slimani will miss out of the mundial.
This will come as a double shock to the player (Mahrez) who had a torrid transfer season with his club. He handed in his transfer request but unfortunately, his club demanded an allegedly £50m transfer fee which scared potential suitors like Arsenal and Barcelona. He will now have to focus on giving his best for his club.
Another super Star that will miss the world cup is Pierre-Emeric Aubameyang whose country Gabon crashed out of the group which parades the like of Morocco, Cote D’ivoire and Mali.
The Russia Dortmund talisman will be like the case of the one-eyed man in the city of the blind because, despite his efforts, his team could not make it.
Asamoah Gyang who is African highest goal scorer at the world cup with an impressive six goals will also be missing in Russia as his team Ghana fell to the superior power of the pharaohs of Egypt.This is the first time Ghana will be missing from the world cup since 2002.
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