Africa, the land of creation and the birthplace of all living creatures as we know them today. Any amount of praise is too little for this continent, but the same cannot be said for their footballing prowess. There are 5 teams from Africa participating in Qatar, namely Senegal, Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon, and Ghana. Let’s look at these teams and see how they can make their countries and their continent proud.

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Senegal
Tunisa
Morocco
Cameroon
Ghana

Senegal

Senegal is probably the strongest team from Africa this year and is also the current AFCON champion. Senegal has a very strong side on paper, with the likes of Sadio Mane, Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy, Irdissa Gueye, and Isamialla Sarr, who bring to the team a great deal of European experience. This will be the nation’s third World Cup finals tournament, with their best performance coming from a 7th place finish in 2002. They also participated in the 2018 World Cup. Senegal have built a team from the ground up and can challenge to be one of the strongest dark horses in the tournament. The team is expected to finish 2nd in their group and could go on to do well in the knockout stages. Sadio Mane is in excellent form and will play a key role to the team’s success.

Aliou Cisse 'optimistic' over Sadio Mane fitness: Senegal's 2022 World Cup  squad announced

Tunisa

The Eagles of Carthage have qualified for 5 World Cups (WC) in the past and were also a part of the 2018 World Cup. Tunisia topped their qualifying group with ease, netting 11 goals and conceding only two. Wahbi Khazri is their leading goal scorer and had scored at the previous World Cup, making him a goal scoring threat for the side. Hannibal Mejbri is the 21-year-old surprise package for the nation, who has emerged from the Manchester United academy. Tunisia is predicted to finish 3rd in their group behind Denmark and France,but theyt have the potential to cause an upset with any one of these teams and go on to the knockout stages for the first time in their history.

Tunisia World Cup 2022 squad: Final 26-man team announced | FourFourTwo

Morocco

Morocco is a country in the Northern part of Africa and is known on the continent for its footballing strengths. This will be the nation’s 6th World Cup, with their highest finish being the round of 16 in 1984. They had also qualified for the 2018 World Cup, but it was a poor showing from them, finishing 27th. This time around, they are in an extremely difficult group with Canada, Croatia, and Belgium and will most likely finish third. Their match against Croatia will be an important one, as both teams have excellent players head-to-head. The Moroccan players bring a wealth of experience to the squad, with almost all of their players playing in the top leagues of Europe, some of whom are even playing in their Champions League. Some very notable players who will make a difference to the squad are Bounou, Hakimi, Mazraoui, Saiss, Amrabat, En-Neysri and Boufal.

African lion at this World Cup

Cameroon

Cameroon is a nation that is synonymous with football in West africa. Samuel Eto’o is one of the players responsible for shining a light on this nation in the past. This will be the country’s 8th world cup, the most by any team on the list. They also hold the record for the 2nd most AFCON titles with 5. Their recent form also looks good, with them winning 5 out of 6 WC qualifiers, scoring 12 and conceding only 3. The nation also finished in 3rd place in the AFCOn, showing positive signs for the world cup. Although they did not qualify for the 2018 world cup, the team became famous for Alex Song’s red card at the 2014 WC after punching Crotia’s Mario Mandzukic, going to finish dead last in the tournament. The team is gifted in an excellent shot stopper in Andre Onana and has great attacking prospects with Ekanji, Mbuemo and Choupo-Moting. The team has a balanced midfield and defense with players who play around the world in top leagues. Cameroon is in a very open group at the world cup with Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland. With Brazil expected to top the group, the fight for second place is wide open, and it will be interesting to see the three teams battle it out on level grounds.

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Ghana

Popularly known as the black stars, the Ghanian team has seen its fair share of ups and downs over the course of its footballing history. With 4 Afcon titles, it is the team that holds the 3rd most titles, and having qualified 8 times for the world cup but withdrawing 4 times has shown how strong the nation is but not free of its own problems. The team became famous for its loss against Uruguay in the quarter finals of the 2010 world cup, after Gyan missed a penalty given after Luis Suarez’s hand of God incident, shattering the hopes and dreams of the entire continent as the only team from Africa left in the South African World cup. After that, the team struggled at the 2014 world cup and went into a state of decline, and has risen again to qualify for this year’s WC. Ghana goes into the world cup with mixed form, struggling in the AFCON group stage and doing reasonably well at the WC qualifiers. The team again has players in great form, playing in top leagues in Europe with notable players such as Tareeq Lamptey, Salisu, Baba Rahman, Amartey, Partey, Kudus, Inaki Williams, and the Ayew brothers, most of whom are in the prime of their careers. Their group, like Cameroon’s, is wide open for second place, with Portugal expected to qualify in first. The team should make easy work of Korea, and their biggest test will be Uruguay; beating them will ensure a spot in the Round of 16.

Ghana World Cup 2022 squad: Otto Addo announces final 26-man team |  FourFourTwo

Though the African teams had struggled at the previous World Cup, this time around could be different with so many in form players and so many groups open for the taking. We expect at least 2 teams to go through to the knockout stages, with Senegal being the biggest threat for the continent. The Africans bring a sense of flare, speed, and flamboyance, which will be a treat to watch. Keep an eye out for these teams, as they will be the biggest surprise packages of the world cup.

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