5 African Countries with the Best Achievements in the World Cup
No African country has ever won the World Cup. However, that does not mean that African representatives do not have a record of achievements to be proud of in the World Cup stage.
South Korea is an Asian representative who has ever stepped foot into the semifinals at the 2002 World Cup. There are a number of African representatives who actually almost matched the record of this Asian representative.
There are five African countries that are able to carve their best history at the World Cup. They played beautifully from the group stage to the knockout stages.
Even the representatives of Africa are able to subvert the leading teams in the World Cup. Unfortunately, they have not been able to reach the last four.
Here are five African countries that are able to show the best achievements in World Cup history. The public also considers the moment as a fairy tale in the World Cup.
Algeria was able to make a surprise at the 1982 World Cup when one group with West Germany, Austria and Chile. They were able to subvert the strong teams of West Germany and Chile and lost to Austria.
The opportunity to qualify for the next round is open to Rabah Madjer et al. Unfortunately in the last match, West Germany and Austria looked like they made a deal.
At the end of the standings, West Germany, Austria and Algeria collected the same value of 4 points. However, due to losing on goal difference, Algeria was eventually eliminated.
Nigeria was the debut team at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. Despite being a debutant, Nigeria was able to win 3-0 in the first match against Bulgaria.
Even though it was their first appearance at the World Cup, Nigeria was able to win the group. Nigeria beat Bulgaria, then lost to Argentina and won over Greece.
Unfortunately Emmanuel Amuneke et al were unlucky when they met Italy in the round of 16. The team made by the Dutch coach, Clemens Westerhof, was defeated 1-2 through extra time.
Ghana almost made history by becoming the first African team to qualify for the World Cup semifinals. Ghana performed well in the group stage despite only recording one win, one draw and one loss.
They accompanied Germany to qualify for the round of 16. Ghana beat the United States in extra time and advanced to the quarterfinals.
Unfortunately at that time Asamoah Gyan failed to get a goal through a penalty kick after Luis Suarez touched the ball at the end of the match. Ghana finally lost on penalties.
Not only Ghana, Senegal is also close to the semifinals of the World Cup. Senegal was able to overthrow defending champions France in the group stage and even sent him home.
This moment made El-Hadji Diouf et al even more excited to qualify for the last 16 to face Sweden. They won through extra time and challenged another surprise team, Turkey.
Unfortunately the team made by Bruno Metsu failed to continue their dream. They lost to Turkey in a match that continued into extra time.
Cameroon rocked the 1990 World Cup stage. They were in a hellish group because they had to fight with three strong teams, Argentina, Romania and the Soviet Union.
Roger Milla et al even conquered defending champion Argentina in their first match. Then beat Romania and lost badly to the Soviet Union.
Cameroon managed to win again from Colombia in the round of 16. Unfortunately, they failed to reach the semifinals after being beaten 2-3 by England.