Qatar 2022: After Five Games, African Sides Win No Opening Match

Qatar 2022: After Five Games, African Sides Win No Opening Match

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Though all hope is not lost, Ghana risks coming home early after losing 3-2 to Portugal in the first group game against Portugal on Thursday at the 2022 FIFA World Cup

Five teams representing Africa— Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal, Cameroon, and Ghana— have not won any matches so far. Only Ghana has been able to score two goals.

All hopes were on Ghana ,however, to be the first African country to win in the tournament but it appears that the Black Stars have left their fans heartbroken at the moment.

The indomitable lions of Cameroon, on Thursday morning, hours before the Black Stars unimaginable defeat, lost their first match to Switzerland.

Cameroon had chances to take the lead in the first half, but it was Switzerland who finally broke the deadlock in the 48th minute with Breel Embolo finishing from close range.

Embolo, 25, who originally is from Cameroon, must have felt so guilty haunting his birth country because he did not celebrate the goal.

Senegal were the first side from Africa to play in Qatar but suffered a terrible defeat from the Netherlands in a Group A tie which was followed by Tunisia’s Group D barren draw against Denmark.

In Group F, Morocco held Croatia to another goalless draw.

The recent results have cast fears about Africa crashing out of the World Cup very early.

Four years ago, in the World Cup held at Russia, Nigeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, and Senega all crashed out in the group stage. In fact, in the history of World Cups no African side has ever reached the semi-final.

 

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