Africa’s Performance at the 2018 World Cup is their Worst Since 1982

Youssouf Sabaly of Senegal at the match against Poland. Photo by Celso Bayo/ISI/REX/Shutterstock (9722113n)

No African team has progressed beyond the group stage of the 2018 World Cup and this is the continent’s worst performance at a World Cup since 1982.

From all of the African nations in Russia, Senegal came the closest to advancing beyond the group stage and was unlucky not to do so. The reason Japan advanced ahead of them is that the Asians had picked up fewer yellow cards.

Nigeria had also come close to advancing beyond the group stages and would have done so had they beaten or drawn against Argentina during their final group stage match.

Three African teams- namely Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia were already knocked out of the tournament even before the final group stage games could begin. Egypt and Tunisia hardly looked up to the task.