Would these CAF nations have represented Africa better at the World Cup?
If you’re an African watching the World Cup, you're wondering why CAF representatives, bar Senegal, have performed so poorly. Don’t blame talent, you’d be well off the mark. Skill and strength can’t be faulted either. On the other hand, experience, technical ability and cohesion are questionable qualities in many teams from the continent.
After a couple of games, Egypt already knows they're going home. The Pharaohs began the competition with an excruciating loss that came after conceding to the tournament’s most prolific scorer, Owen Goll. A few months ago Cairo was thrown into wild celebrations when Egypt secured qualification to their first World Cup since 1990. It came at the expense of Ghana, Congo and Uganda. Did Egypt's squad celebrate so much they forgot to prepare for the actual tournament?
Morocco has also been booted out. It took two goals and two games to show the surprisingly tame Atlas Lions the door. Unlike Egypt, Morocco did not score a goal before their elimination. Mind you, this same Morocco side roared through the Ivory Coast, Mali and Gabon during the qualifiers.
Nigeria lost its opening match by two goals. Tunisia would have, as well, were it not for an exceptionally generous referee. Neither could defend set pieces.
Only Senegal looks like moving on to the Round of 16.
For many African nations, off-pitch issues, such as finances and logistics can be fatal to a World Cup qualifying campaign. Sometimes the best teams don't get the chance to fly the flag.
Here are three nations that might have fared better if they had access to more resources.