As World Cup 2018 fever sets in, we look at the 5 African countries that made the tournament with the star players and trending news. The World Cup for 2018 kicks off today, 14th of June in Russia. No African team has ever made it past the quarter finals, so will this year be the year? We certainly hope so.
The Country Profiles.
The 5 African countries that made it in 2018 in order of appearances in the tournament are:
1. Egypt: football team called Pharaohs, with current FIFA world ranking of 45.
Mohamed Salah, uber popular Forward position player who also plays internationally for English club Liverpool
Essam El-Hadary, the team captain, goalkeeper and possibly the one of the oldest in the tournament who has led the national teams through various international tournaments.
- The national team has appeared in the world cup 3 times
2. Morocco: football team called Lions of the Atlas (Irzem n Atlasi), with current FIFA world ranking of 41.
Medhi Benatia, plays Centre Back and currently the Moroccan national team captain who also plays internationally for Italian Football club, Juventus.
- The national team has appeared in the world cup 5 times
3. Nigeria: football team called Super Eagles, with current FIFA world ranking of 48.
Some notable players:
Mikel Obi, the national team captain playing internationally for Chinese club, Tianjin TEDA.
Alex Iwobi, the Forward playing internationally for English club, Arsenal
The national team has appeared in the world cup 6 times
4. Tunisia: football team called The Eagles of Carthage (Les Aigles de Carthage) with current FIFA world ranking of 21
Wahbi Khazri, the team captain also plays internationally in Europe for English club Sunderland and French club Rennes.
The national team has appeared in the world cup 5 times
5. Senegal: football team called Lions of Teranga, with current FIFA world ranking of 27, the highest rated on the list.
Sadio Mané, plays internationally in Europe for English club Liverpool.
The national team has appeared in the world cup 2 times previously.
Match 1 of 3
- Group A – Egypt – 15th of June against Uruguay
- Group B – Morocco – 15th of June against Iran
- Group D – Nigeria – 16th of June against Croatia
- Group G – Tunisia – 18th of June against England
- Group H – Senegal – 19th of June against Poland
Match 2 of 3
- Group A – Egypt – 19th of June against Russia
- Group B – Morocco – 20th of June against Portugal
- Group D – Nigeria – 22nd of June against Iceland
- Group G – Tunisia – 23rd of June against Belgium
- Group H – Senegal – 24th of June against Japan
Match 3 of 3
- Group A – Egypt – 25th of June against Saudi Arabia
- Group B – Morocco – 25th of June against Spain
- Group D – Nigeria – 26th of June against Argentina
- Group G – Tunisia – 28th of June against Panama
- Group H – Senegal – 28th of June against Colombia
Follow the official the World Cup schedule here.
The spotlight certainly has been on the world cup in Africa lately and here are some of the biggest so far:
The Nigerian Super Eagles fashion has been a big hit with the sold out kit release from Nike on June 1st as well as the customized traditional outfits the teams showed off on arrival in Russia.
The Nike special edition kit.
Img src: Mikel Obi on arrival to Russia/instagram
Egyptian star player, Mo Salah sustained an injury playing May 27th in the Champions League final against Real Madrid and is said to have returned to training with Egypt for the World Cup. Mo Salah made headlines on arrival for posing with Ramzan Kadyrov.
— Mohamed Salah (@MoSalah) June 12, 2018
Morocco loses to USA, Canada and Mexico in the 2026 World Cup host bid.
Stay tuned for the next big World Cup African Edition round up
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