The FIFA World Cup is the biggest tournament on Planet Earth. The competition brings together countries from Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, North America and Oceanic.
Football lovers always look forward to the Mundial with much expectations. For African football fanatics the chance to see their beloved teams give them joy.
We have seen over the years when African countries excelled and brought joy to the Black Continent.
The likes of Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana are notable nations who made Africa proud at the World Football Carnival.
Despite the joy these countries brought to the continent, there were times when heartbreaks pierced the hearts of Africans.
Let’s take you through the journey below….
5. Italia 1990
The Roger Milla inspired Cameroon had impressed everyone after beating Argentina in the group stage. They did well to eliminate Colombia in the second round. Despite fighting hard against England, they waved goodbye 3-2 in the last eight.
4. USA 1994
Having won the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, the Golden Generation of Super Eagles were tipped to perform wonders on their World Cup debut in USA. They started with a 3-0 massacre of Bulgaria. A 2-1 loss to Argentina didn’t stop the Super Eagles from humbling Greece 2-0.
In the second round, the Eagles went in front thanks to Emmanuel Amunike. Roberto Baggio haunted them with a heartbreaking brace.
3. Korea/Japan 2002
With the likes of El Hadji Diouf, Tony Sylva, Omar Daf, Aliou Cisse, Henri Camara, Lamine Diatta and Papa Bouba Diop in red hot form the Teranga Lions were up for it in 2002.
In the opening game against France, Diouf, playing as the lone striker, took on Lebouef deep into the first half of the game, and powered through the French midfield to pass to his Lens team-mate, Papa Bouba Diop.
The Senegal midfielder got a decisive touch while Emmanuel Petit and Fabien Barthez hesitated—and the young Senegal player scored, creating history by scoring the first goal of the World Cup, and leaving the French reeling.
When the final whistle blew, the world had just witnessed one of the great upsets of footballing history. Senegal would go on to draw with the Danish team, and post an incredible 3-0 lead over previous champions Uruguay before they fought back to draw. They then defeated Sweden in the round of 16, before narrowly losing to Turkey, who themselves would finish third in the championship.
2. South Africa 2010
Ghana had a good campaign at 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. Expectations was high and many expected something good from the Golden Generation.
They fought their way to the second round and faced Korea. Ghana passed the test and set up a quarter final meeting with Uruguay.
With iconic Asamoah Gyan having the chance to power his team to the semi final, he missed from the spot. The game eventually dragged on to penalty shootouts and Ghana were eliminated.
1. Russia 2018
Senegal paraded some talented players like Sadio Mane, Ismaila Sarr, Kalidou Koulibaly, Keita Balde and Idrissa Gueye at Russia 2018.
They picked four points in the group stage and couldn’t go through as a result of fair play. Unlucky!