African Football's 40 Most Memorable World Cup Moments

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African Football's 40 Most Memorable World Cup Moments
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This feature presents the 40 most memorable moments in the history of Africa nations' participation in World Cups. None of the continent’s sides have ever won the tournament, nor even reached the semi-finals, but over the years Africa has played its part in some of the most vivid and dramatic World Cup narratives and events.

There have been awesome highs and devastating lows, both are celebrated here.

This article is limited to those events that have involved players and teams directly representing Africa itself. Therefore, competitors who were born on the continent or have African origins, such as Eusebio and Zinedine Zidane, are not represented.

However, this list is not limited to the tournament proper and there are a handful of entries which recall outstanding moments that happened during the CAF Qualifying Programme.

Read on for a nostalgic journey through the triumphant victories, the bitter defeats, the beautiful goals and the dramatic controversies of Africa’s World Cup experiences.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering their regular qualifications and fine early showings, Cameroon are heavily featured with eight entries.

Interestingly, Ghana, with only two World Cup appearances to their name, top the list with nine.

They are followed by Nigeria (six), Senegal (four), Morocco and Algeria (three each).


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