The 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia has begun and yes South Africa didn’t qualify to be part of the world cup again. There are 5 other African teams representing the continent.
So is Africa going to make history and win the FIFA World cup trophy bringing it to the African continent for the first time in the tournaments history?
Here are: The 5 African Teams At The 2018 FIFA World Cup Best Finish
Nickname: The Eagles of Carthage
CAF ranking: 1st
World ranking: 21st
Tunisia is the highest-ranked African side at the FIFA World cup. They are making their fifth appearance.
Best World Cup finish: Group Stages (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006)
Nickname: Lions of Teranga
CAF ranking: 2nd
World ranking: 27th
They are playing in the World Cup for only the second time, but will be forever be remembered for their 2002 heroics, when they eliminated then-defending champions France and made it all the way to the quarter-finals.
From a South African point of view, Senegal will be playing at the expense of Bafana Bafana as they eliminated South Africa in the qualifiers in 2017, but we hold no grudges and wish them a successful campaign.
Best World Cup finish: Quarter-final (2002)
Nickname: Super Eagles
CAF ranking: 7th
World ranking: 48th
Making their sixth appearance in a FIFA World cup tournament. Nigeria is believed to be Africa’s best chance of winning a World Cup.
Led by their experienced captain John Obi Mikel. Nigeria boasts a squad of seasoned players who play their football abroad among the elite teams in Europe.
Best World Cup finish: Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)
Nickname: Lions of the Atlas
CAF ranking: 4th
World ranking: 41st
This is the fifth time they have made it to the tournament. The team will also be looking to make a lasting impression to the world, as Morocco is also bidding for the 2026 Fifa World Cup.
Best World Cup finish: Round of 16 (1986)
CAF ranking: 5th
World ranking: 45th
The Pharaohs will surprisingly be making only their third appearance in the World Cup. They come into the tournament as the most successful African nation in terms of continental titles, winning a record of 7 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophies.
They Egyptians will be playing in the World Cup for the first time in 28 years and will be uplifted by the fact that their worldwide star Mohammed Salah of Liverpool will be fit to play. This is after he suffered a shoulder injury in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final in May.
Best World Cup finish: Group Stages (1934, 1990)