2022 FIFA World Cup: Africa's Best and Worst Moments at World Cup Tournaments

2022 FIFA World Cup: Africa's Best and Worst Moments at World Cup Tournaments

Keba Mothoagae
updated at August 9, 2023 at 9:30 AM
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  • When it happens, an African team winning the FIFA World Cup will be the greatest moment in the continent's football history
  • Until then, everyone connected to Africa's exploits on the global stage will celebrate the other great moments when they come along
  • There have been plenty of moments to cherish which we will reminisce over while we await the kick-off in Qatar on Sunday

Africa has had some memorable moments at past FIFA World Cup tournaments.

Since Egypt qualified for the 1934 edition that was held in Italy - becoming the first African nation to do so - there have been highlights as well as lowlights that Sports Brief will skim over ahead of the Qatar showpiece event's kick-off on Sunday evening.

2022 fifa world cup,Sunday Oliseh, Asamoah Gyan, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Pape Bouba Diop, senegal, nigeria, ghana, south africa
Sunday Oliseh, Asamoah Gyan, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Pape Bouba Diop have written their names into FIFA World Cup folklore. Image source: Getty Images.
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Tunisia 3-1 Mexico, 1978, Mexico

The Carthaginian Eagles claimed Africa's first win at the tournament when Ali Kaabi, Nejib Ghommidh and Mokhtar Dhouieb fired the North Africans to victory over El Tri.

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Zaire 0-9 Yugoslavia, 1974, West Germany

Zaire - now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo - had a disastrous maiden and hitherto sole campaign at a world cup 48 years ago. They were beaten by Brazil 3-0, and Scotland 2-0 before collapsing to the joint-biggest defeat in the history of the tournament, a 9-0 humiliation by Yugoslavia.

Roger Milla and Cameroon, 1990, Italy

Cameroon, led by the legendary Roger Milla, became the first team from the tournament to make it out of the group stages of the world cup. After scoring what would be the winner, Milla famously pulled out his signature dancing move as the Indomitable Lions upset the Diego Maradona-led, world champion Argentina in one of the greatest upsets of all time.

Senegal 1-0 France, 2002, Korea/Japan

Pape Bouba Diop's 30th-minute strike proved to be the difference as the Lions of Teranga defeated defending champions France - one of the best ever international teams to have ever been assembled - in the opening match of what would prove to be a tournament of shocks. Senegal would, unfortunately, be knocked out by the spoil-sports Turkey in the quarterfinals via the dreaded golden goal.

Siphiwe Tshabalala, 2010, South Africa

Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the first-ever goal in an African world cup, and what a magnificent hit it was against Mexico at Soccer City on a famous Friday afternoon in June 2010. That would be as good as it got for the hosts, who crashed out of the tournament in the group stages, the first time that this had ever happened. They would then throw their weight behind Ghana, who rode this wave of support, until the next addition to this list.

Luis Suarez/Asamoah Gyan, 2010, South Africa

Uruguayan pantomime villain Luis Suarez proved that cheaters can prosper. He deliberately blocked a goal-bound shot with his hands in the last second of the dramatic quarterfinal against the Black Stars at Soccer City. This proved to be fateful, as Asamoah Gyan blasted the ball into the crossbar and over from the resulting penalty, with the red-carded Su

Nigeria 3-2 Spain, 1998, France

The Super Eagles squeaked past La Furia Roja in an all-time classic on the opening weekend of the 1998 tournament. On Spain's scorer's list were Fernando Hierro and Raul, while Sunday Oliseh's stunning winner underlined Mutiu Adepoju and Garba Lawal's goals.

Lionel Messi names Two nations that pose the greatest threat to Argentina at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Lionel Messi is all set for the 2022 FIFA World Cup as the 35-year-old hopes to lead Argentina to the country’s third World Cup title and the first of his career.

La Albiceleste, backed by an in-form Messi, are among the favorites to win the World Cup that will begin in Qatar on November 20 although the PSG star is weary of two other nations, as reported by Sports Brief.

Messi believes Brazil and France will be Argentina’s biggest threat to winning the tournament in Qatar due to the quality of players both nations possess.

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