[ANALYSIS] Meet the 5 teams hoping to change Africa’s World Cup story

This article first appeared on The Conversation.

The 2018 Fifa World Cup tournament kicks off from 14 June in Russia. Africa has five representatives in this elite competition: Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Morocco, and Tunisia. The continent’s teams secured their spots after a long build-up involving a preliminary knock-out phase followed by a four-team round-robin competition on home and away basis.

No African team has ever qualified for the World Cup semi-finals. Many pundits would argue that now is the time to change Africa’s World Cup story. The continent has always promised a great deal in the international showcase but delivered very little.

Some of the reasons for failing to qualify for the semi-finals at the World Cup include poor preparation,…

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