The 2022 FIFA World Cup: Reviewing the performance of Africa’s five representatives
It was a record breaking outing for the five Confederation of African Football representatives at the 2022 FIFA World Cup hosted by Qatar.
●3rd January 2023
Records were matched and recreated, with African teams producing mouthwatering performances in their encounters. The Black Stars of Ghana, Atlas Lions of Morocco, Teranga Lions of Senegal, Carthage Eagles of Tunisia and Indomitable Lions of Cameroon were the five representatives of the African continent.
Goals Scored: Africa had a decent outing in front of goal with the five teams scoring 21 times all together.
Goals Conceded: Across 20 games, the five African teams conceded a total of 24 goals.
Disciplinary Record: The teams amassed a total of 36 yellow cards across 20 games, with only Vincent Aboubakar getting sent off after receiving two yellow cards in the famous one nil over Brazil.
Cameroon – Indomitable Lions
The Rigobert Song led side had a fairly good outing at the tournament, recording a famous one nil win over Brazil, a six goal thrilling draw and a narrow loss to Switzerland. Cameroon’s campaign at the World Cup was rocked with a disagreement between Andre Onana and Rigobert Song. Song, who’s the head coach, asked the Inter Milan shot stopper to stop being a sweeper goalkeeper and play the traditional way. However, the Cameroonian declined the order and he was axed from the World Cup squad.
Tunisia – Carthage Eagles
Another painful first round exit for the North Africans, but it was a memorable outing. Tunisia recorded an unexpected one nil win over defending champions France, held Denmark to a goalless draw and lost one nil to the Socceroos of Australia. One weird fact about this side is that they scored a goal and conceded just one also.
Ghana – Black Stars
Otto Addo’s men were the most awful African representative at this World Cup. The team battled to a 3-2 loss against Portugal, got a dramatic 3-2 win over South Korea Republic and suffered a disappointing two nil loss to Uruguay. The loss against Portugal was pardonable, but after winning against South Korea they had just one job which was to ensure they didn’t suffer a loss in their game against Uruguay. The Ghanaians had a relive of the 2010 edition where Asamoah Gyan missed a crucial penalty against Uruguay, this time Andre Ayew missed his and it haunted them.
Senegal – Teranga Lions
Africa Cup of Nations defending champions, Senegal, were the hopes of the whole continent but could not live up to the billing as they crashed out in the Round of 16. The Aliou Cisse led side fell to a two nil loss to the Oranjes of the Netherlands in the matchday one but went on to record successive 3-1 and 2-1 victories over Qatar and Ecuador respectively. In the Round of 16, England’s men national team walloped the Mane-less Senegal three goals to nothing and it sealed their exit from the 22nd FIFA World Cup.
Morocco – Atlas Lions
What a team this is! They performed beyond expectations and went to deliver Africa’s longtime yearnings. The Walid Regragui led side won two of their three group games, drawing the remaining one. They however got unexpected wins over Spain and Portugal in the knockout stages. The win over Portugal put Morocco into the history books as they became the first African nation to qualify for the FIFA World Cup semifinals.