Expert Q&A: Can an African team win the World Cup?

September 8, 2022 397 views 1 minute reading time
Can an African team win the World Cup in our lifetime?
Expert Q&A: Can an African team win the World Cup?

The countdown to the FIFA World Cup 2022 is officially underway. Fans, pundits and bettors from around the world have begun making their predictions for the winners of this prestigious international soccer tournament, which will commence in Qatar on 20 November 2022. The betting world has Brazil, England, France and Spain as the favorites to win among the 32 national teams to have qualified. Hopes remain high on the continent that one of the five African teams headed to Qatar – Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia, Ghana and Senegal – will have an unexpected triumph.

Despite an abundance of talent, no African national team has made it to the World Cup semi-finals, leading many to wonder what it would take to break the disappointing streak. We spoke to Mark Gleeson – one of Africa’s top commentators who has been honored for his services to football on the continent by the Confederation of African Football – to discuss the history of African football teams at the World Cup, the challenges of developing the sport, and predictions for which national team could make history by being the first to win the World Cup for Africa.

Watch the Q&A below:

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