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6 Of The Greatest African National Football Teams

Africans are very passionate about football; it is one of the few things that bring real joy to the continent.

Few teams have remained in contention as the best football teams in Africa for a long period of time; this is because there is a perpetual struggle for dominance among African football nations.

Below we are going to have a look at six of the greatest African National Football teams.

The Egypt national football team, known colloquially as “the Pharaohs”, represents Egypt in men’s international football, and is governed by the Egyptian Football Association, the governing body of football in Egypt.

Egypt has qualified for the FIFA three times: in 1934, in 1990 and for the 2018 editions. Egypt was the first African country to qualify for the World Cup, beating Mandatory Palestine.

They have won the African Cup of Nations a record 7 times, including a dominant gold-winning streak from 2006 to 2010.

, officially the Republic of Senegal, is a country in West Africa. Senegal is bordered by Mauritania in the north, Mali to the east, Guinea to the southeast, and Guinea-Bissau to the southwest.

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The Senegal national football team, nicknamed the Lions of Teranga, represents Senegal in international association football and is operated by the Senegalese Football Federation.

Senegal have appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on two occasions, in 2002 where they reached the quarter finals, and in 2018. They were the first team in World Cup history to be eliminated using the fair play rule after being tied with Japan on the first six tiebreakers.

Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences.

The Morocco national football team, nicknamed “the Atlas Lions”, represents Morocco in men’s international football competitions.

Internationally, Morocco won the 1976 African Cup of Nations, two African Nations Championships and FIFA Arab Cup once. They have participated in the FIFA World Cup six times.

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Cameroon, on the Gulf of Guinea, is a Central African country of varied terrain and wildlife.

The Cameroon national football team represents Cameroon in men’s international football and It is controlled by the Fédération Camerounaise de Football. The team has qualified eight times for the FIFA World Cup, more than any other African team.

They were the first African team to reach the quarter-final of the FIFA World Cup in 1990, losing to England in extra time. They have also won five Africa Cup of Nations and Olympic gold in 2000.

, an African country on the Gulf of Guinea, has many natural landmarks and wildlife reserves.

The Nigeria national football team represents Nigeria in men’s international football. Governed by the Nigeria Football Federation, they are three-time Africa Cup of Nations winners, with their most recent title in 2013.

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Throughout history, the team has qualified for six of the last eight FIFA World Cups, missing only the 2006 edition and 2022 edition.

, officially the Republic of Ghana, is a country in West Africa. It spans the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean to the south, sharing borders with the Ivory Coast in the west, Burkina Faso in the north, and Togo in the east.

The Ghana national football team represents Ghana in men’s international football and has done so since the 1950s.

The team has won the Africa Cup of Nations four times (in 1963, 1965, 1978, and 1982) and has been runner-up five times (in 1968, 1970, 1992, 2010, and 2015).

The team qualified for the senior FIFA World Cup for the first time in 2006.

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