Africa in World Cup: Which country will make the continent proud

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The teams representing Africa in FIFA World Cup 2018 are Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia. The World Cup trophy has never been on the African soil. Is this the year that the history changes? Are any of these teams capable of winning the biggest prize in the game?

Let’s analyze the chances of each teams representing the second largest continent.

Senegal

betPawa odds to qualify from the group: 2.35

betPawa odds to win the World Cup: 200.00

While Liverpool’s Sadio Mane is the showstopper, he is definitely not the only one who will cause opposing defenders to lose their sleep. All of, Everton’s Idrissa Gueye, Monaco’s Keita Balde and West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyaté are proven players with loads of experience. They are in group H with Colombia, Japan and Poland and are at a considerably good position to qualify. They also have a decent shot at the quarterfinal and semifinal spot at 6.00 and 15.00 respectively. 

Senegal will still have to work hard to qualify over Colombia and Poland.  Anything more than round of 16 would still mean a huge achievement for the Senegalese team. With a generous mixture of youth and experience, Senegal is capable of producing the unexpected and they are bookie’s favourite team to be the most successful African team.

betPawa odds to become the top African team: 2.65

 

Egypt:

betPawa odds to qualify from the group: 2.25

betPawa odds to win the World Cup: 150.00

Though their talisman Mohamed Salah who is at 41.00 to be the leading scorer of the tournament, is undoubtedly their most important player, it is unfair to call Egypt as one man team. They boast hoist of Premier League players including Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny, West Brom’s duo Ahmed Hegazy and Gabr Ali as well as Ahmed Elmohamady from Aston Villa. They also are in a relatively easy group with host Russia, Saudi Arabia and two times champion Uruguay. They have a good chance of qualifying from the group and even further into the knockouts but further than that would still be a big challenge for Egypt as they are at 10.00 to make it to quarters while at 17.00 to make it to semis. 

Bookmakers also consider them as the most likely African team to win the tournament. They are also considered to be favourites when it comes to African nations to qualify as a group winner. Despite this, as the odds suggest, they still outsiders to advance any further than the round of 16. Egypt’s are tied with Nigeria to become the second most successful African team.

betPawa odds to become the top African team: 3.25

 

Nigeria:

betPawa odds to qualify from the group: 3.25

betPawa odds to win the World Cup: 200.00

With legends like Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu having put on the green jersey to represent this Northern African country, Nigeria is almost the omnipresent traditional team at football’s biggest stage. Nigeria possesses a deadly attacking trio of Ahmed Musa, Alexander Iwobi and Victor Moses. Their solid midfield has Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi and former Chelsea star John Obi Mikel.

Nigeria, however, is presented with a Herculean task to make this campaign count. They are grouped with Argentina, Croatia and Iceland making their qualification really difficult but the team can not afford to be intimidated if they are to make it through. They currently stand at 11.00 to make it to the quarters and 26.00 for the semis.  Backed by the support of 175 million Nigerians back home, the Super Eagles must be excited about this campaign.

betPawa odds to become the top African team: 3.25

 

Morocco:

betPawa odds to qualify from the group: 5.00

betPawa odds to win the World Cup: 500.00

Morocco may not have a world class name like Salah in their ranks but their opponents must be scratching their heads on how to stop attacking talents like Southampton’s Sofiane Boufal and Ajax’s playmaker Hakim Ziyech. The team has a nice balance of young players from different European leagues and veterans playing in Botola Pro League. Despite this, they are still heavy outsiders for the World Cup, they sit at 11.00 to make it to quarters and 51.00 to make it to semis.

Bookies consider Morocco as the second weakest African team after Tunisia. With heavyweights Portugal and Spain in the same group, even qualification from the group will be a daunting task for Morocco. Football has always been a game of surprises and many teams have exceeded all expectations. Morocco is a bit of a mystery package and they can always surprise their opponents at any time.

betPawa odds to become the top African team: 6.75

 

Tunisia:

betPawa odds to qualify from the group: 5.00

betPawa odds to win the World Cup: 750.00

Tunisia is considered to be the weakest African team in the World Cup. Though they don’t have any resounding name in their squad, a team that got past qualification in one of the most competitive groups should definitely be feared. Tunisian players are seasoned after playing for many European and Arab leagues and can provide a stern competition to any opponent.

Tunisia is considered to be among the furthest of an outsider for the shot at the World Cup. They are grouped with two European giants in Belgium and England which makes it incredibly hard for them to qualify. Bookmakers also do tend to take them lightly as most of them are convinced they are the weakest African team, they are placed at 11.00 to make it to quarters and at 67.00 to make it to semis, but if recent form is taken into account, Tunisia looks like a really good team and something of a mysterious dark horse who will be ready to pounce on any opportunity they get.

betPawa odds to become the top African team: 9.00

 

Conclusion

Africa is considered by many as the third biggest football giant after Europe and South America but they are yet to win the World Cup and hence the odds for any African country winning the World Cup is set at 50.00. Though these countries representing Africa may be considered minions while compared to heavyweights like Germany, Argentina and Brazil, seeing the progress African players have made over different leagues all over the world, it may be very soon that the cup graces this rainbow land.

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