cameroonwebnews| 15/11/2009| CAF.com
While waiting to know the last African representative at the World Cup in South Africa on November 18, the first report has been released. Contrary to what happened in 2006 with the appearance of four unknowns out of five, this time we have famous soccer countries.
Being the African champion in World Cup participation, Cameroon would be appearing again at the completion for the sixth time. Since their entry into the world scene in Spain in 1982, the Indomitable Lions have missed just two World Cup rendezvous; in 1986 and in 2006. Nigeria would be participating for the fourth time since its first appearance in the United States in 1994. The Super Eagles were blocked from going to Germany in 2006 by Angola. Ivory Coast and Ghana that made their World Cup debut in 2006 will stage a comeback. If South Africa were involved in the World Cup eliminatories, then they could not have been among those qualified. Having taken part in the first phase with the sole aim of qualifying for the Orange Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, could not qualify for the last round. As the host country, South Africa will participate in her third World Cup after that of 1998 and 2002. Also, Algeria and Egypt only have two World Cup participation; Egypt participated in 1934 and in 1990, while Algeria played in 1982 and in 1986.
Whichever sixth team qualifies, it is worthy to note that the best teams of the continent would be present in South Africa. The latest FIFA ranking is, from this point of view, unequivocal. Cameroon is the 14th in the world, Ivory Coast is 19th, Egypt is 28th, Algeria 29th and Ghana 38th. It is only South Africa that is out of the list because it is 85th in the world ranking and 17th position in Africa.
Since 2000, Cameroon was twice African champion in 2000 and 2002 and finalist in 2008 ; Egypt was also consecrated twice, in the same period, in 2006 and 2008 ; Nigeria was finalist in 2000 and semi-finalist during the the floowing three editions ; Ivory Coast played the final in 2006 and semi-final in 2008 ; Ghana was semi-finalist at the last edition of CAN at home in 2008. South Africa made just a single appearance in the square since the year 2000 while Algeria has not made any appearance.
We note that each of the representatives of the African continent has been consecrated at least once as African champions: Egypt (1957, 1959, 1986, 1998, 2006, 2008), Ghana (1963, 1965, 1978, 1982), Cameroon (1984, 1988, 2000, 2002), Nigeria (1980, 1994), Algeria (1990), Ivory Coast (1992), South Africa (1996). For the seven, these countries have won 19 of the 26 continental crowns.
Without possible hesitation, more than ever before, it is the continent’s football elite which will form the African contingent at the World Cup in South Africa.
African representatives at the World Cup
1934 – Egypt
1970 – Morocco
1974 – Zaire
1978 – Tunisia
1982 – Algeria, Cameron
1986 – Algeria, Morocco
1990 – Cameroon, Egypt
1994 – Cameroon, Morocco, Nigeria
1998 – South Africa, Cameroon, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia
2002 –South Africa, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia
2006 – Angola, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Tunisia
2010 – South Africa (host), Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria or Egypt
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