Did you know that no African soccer team has ever reached the FIFA World Cup semi-finals? In Africa there is raw talent, and for a continent that began participating in the World Cup in 1934, it is quite surprising that they have never brought the trophy home after 84 years of participating. The first African nation to participate in the FIFA World Cup was Egypt in 1934.
Uganda Cranes will not be at the 2018 FIFA World Cup after they were beaten by Egypt to the available ticket to Russia. But the East Africa nation is among the lucky 51 across six continents that will host the tournament’s prestigious trophy in the fourth global World Cup Trophy Tour by FIFA’s partners Coca-Cola.
Just like almost every African, President Yoweri Museveni, has hopes that one day an African country will bring the trophy home, and he hopes it is Uganda.
To him this may take a few years and he links it to science and technology, which to him is the reason why other countries perform well in the World Cup.
Uganda is a footballing country and we hope to, at one time, win this cup and retain it in Uganda. This may take a few years considering that national teams from more developed countries train under very scientific and technologically advanced situations. pic.twitter.com/90dj3F5Z0A
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) March 5, 2018
African players usually perform better abroad than at home, analysts say that the put in more effort in clubs abroad than in their national teams.
Football in Africa
Football was first introduced to Africa in the late 19th century by Europeans.
The first African nation to participate in the FIFA World Cup was Egypt in 1934.That remained the only World Cup appearance by a team from the continent until 1966, when a team from CAF was originally scheduled to compete in a playoff with teams from Asia and Oceania for one tournament berth. Starting in 1970, African nations at the FIFA World Cup started to compete regularly. Zaire was Africa’s representative at the 1974 edition of the competition.
After the 1970, 1974, and 1978 World Cups, which each had one African qualifier, there were two teams from the continent in 1982: Algeria and Cameroon, each of which missed out on advancing from the group stage on goal difference.
The 1986 and 1990 World Cups also featured two African nations; Morocco reached the round of 16 in 1986 after finishing first in their group. Cameroon advanced to the quarterfinals of the 1990 World Cup, becoming the first African national team to do so. Senegal and Ghana matched the feat, in 2002 and 2010 respectively. By 2010 South Africa become the first African nation to host the World Cup.