There have been some incredible highs and some sad lows throughout the World Cup, especially for African countries. With the 2018 World Cup right around the corner, let’s take a look at the highlights for African countries throughout World Cup history.
10. Opening Ceremony: World Cup 2010 (South Africa)
Over 94,000 people celebrating the first World Cup on African soil, what a time.
9. Ghana vs. USA: World Cup 2006
Ghana and team USA have history together–with the US’ exploits in 2002, they were favorites. The BlackStars came through and shocked the world, winning 2-1.
8. Senegal vs. Sweden: World Cup 2002
In 2002 Senegal had their first World Cup appearance ever and became the second African team to qualify for the quarterfinals, by beating Sweden. 16 years later they are back in the World Cup, with their 2002 captain now heading the team as their coach.
7. THROWBACK. Tunisia 3 – Mexico 1: World Cup 1978
What a huge win this was for Tunisia, coming back from 1-0 down and beating Mexico at 3-1. This was the FIRST time an African country won a World Cup match.
6. Nigeria vs. Spain: 1998 World Cup
A classic match. I remember watching this live. Sunday Oliseh is a very underrated footballer, by the way.
5. South Africa vs. Mexico: 2010 World Cup “Tshabalala goal!”
Just listen to the commentary.
4. Nigeria vs. Bulgaria: 1994 World Cup.
Nigeria’s 1994 team is arguably one of the most talented teams to ever come from the African continent. This was Nigeria’s first ever World Cup. Watch Yekini’s iconic celebration is below.
3. Ghana vs. USA: 2010 World Cup
Ghana and USA have history (see above) and in 2010, Ghana knocked the USA out of the tournament.
2. Senegal vs. France: 2002 World Cup
Just 4 years earlier France had won the World Cup. Everyone expected them to win the World Cup, a little problem though–Senegal beat them in the group stages.
1. Cameroon–the darlings of the 1990 World Cup
Roger Milla and his dance is one of the most iconic World Cup images. Cameroon shocked the world–beating Argentina, making the quarterfinals and eventually narrowly losing to England.