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As the World Cup opens, how will Africa fare?


Africans wait, in fervent hope for at least a semi-final showing

By Tasie Theodore


As the World Cup opens in Russia today, the jury is out as to how Africa will fare.

Of the teams representing the continent at the mundial, perhaps the most notable are Egypt and Nigeria.

While Egypt has the current African Footballer of the Year, Mo Farah in its squad, the Nigerian side has lately been struggling through the friendlies’ circuit.

But then the taste of the pudding is in the eating.

So let the games begin!

Meanwhile, fresh feelers on the handful of African nations that had failed to vote for Morocco’s 2026 World Cup bid reveals that the principal reason behind why South Africa and other COSAFA states snubbed the Moroccan proposition had to do with the North African kingdom’s continued refusal to recognise the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, SADR as a sovereign state.


Mo Salah of Egypt



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