A big year began here as Africa’s five World Cup-bound sides kicked off their preparations for Brazil with a round of international friendlies.
Each of the quintet will be able to pick out both positives and the negatives from their performances.
Cote d’Ivoire fell behind following some dire defending, but showed resolve to restore parity. Cameroon were routed, but held their own against Portugal for long periods. Nigeria looked promising on the break against Mexico. Algeria integrated some fine young players and Ghana…erm…didn’t suffer any major injuries.
Read on for each African side’s key concerns following the mid-week friendlies.