African teams can forget about World Cup semis

Despite the optimism that accompanies Africa’s five World Cup representatives heading to Russia this summer, former Cameroon international Lauren doesn’t believe any of the quintet can realistically reach the final four.

Africa have never before produced a World Cup semi finalist, but have had three nations — Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002), Ghana (2010) — all reach the quarter finals.

Lauren believes the wait is set to continue, and that the final eight is the glass ceiling for any of Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal this summer.

“I could say Africa will be in the semis, we’re going to win, but that’s not the reality,” the former Arsenal man told BBC Sport. “To be honest with you I can’t see any of them going further than the quarter finals.

“This is my honest opinion because we are…

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