Africa still overshadowed by European giants


Pélé tends to be the man most commonly associated with the prediction that an African country would win the World Cup by the end of the 20th century, but the then England manager Walter Winterbottom actually beat the Brazilian to it by 15 years when he raised the possibility in 1962.

It was quite a thing to say back then. Just one African team, Egypt, had ever participated in the finals and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) had only been founded six years earlier by the continent’s only four independent nations.

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