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Russia 2018- Nine African Moments Worth Remembering ahead of the World Cup

For the 21st time, the world gathers in a quest to see which country lays it's hands on the golden trophy. Africa wouldn't be left out once the world gathers for the 4 year memory. A time to fill most picture albums. 

The continent has been duely represented at every edition since 1966. This was after a spell of inactivity between 1938 and 1962 after Egypt made that first appearance on the ticket of the continent in 1934. 


A quintet of nations from the continent would seek to raise it's name at the global event. Nigeria, Morrocco, Egypt, Senegal and Tunisia are aware of the task ahead. In cognisance of that, we can always be assured of some great African memories at the Coup Mundial. 

In view of the above said, Gyamfi's Column presents to you some African moments at the World Cup in the last 20 years worth remembering as the tournament draws near. 

Red Song 
Ever wondered when last Rigobert Song set a record before Zidane?  Well, against Chile in 1998, Song received a red card making him the first man to pick up a red card at two World Cups. This feat was later replicated by Zidane in 2006. Cameroon had drew one all with Austria before trialing Italy by three goals in the next game. A win over Chile and Cameron would have been to the next round but Song decided to get a different record written down instead. He was previously sent off in 1994 against Brazil. 

Golden Lions?
Henri Camara scored twice as the Teranga Lions went past Sweden in the Round of 16. Senegal were making their debut a dream come true after beating France and making it also to the next stage. Camara scored a golden goal in extra time to continue their run. In their next game with a semi final berth at stake, Turkey got a goal 4 minutes into extra time as Senegal bowed out of the tournament on a golden goal. 
Gyan disheartened after penalty miss as Uruguayan players celebrate

Suarez's hand of God? 
The Barcelona attacker controversially handled the ball on the goal line deep into extra time as Uruguay defeated Ghana later on to qualify. The Ghanaian team was just a second away from making it to the semi finals but Gyan's resulting kick from the incident crashed against  the post just as it crashed most African hearts. Maradona's hand wasn't any better than Suarez's.

Algeria hits 4
Algeria beat South Korea by 4 goals to 2 in a group stage game in 2014. This made them the first African country to score more than 3 goals at the tournament. Algeria scored more goals in this match than in their preceding seven World Cup matches combined. 

Denmark puts Sand in Nigeria's gari 
Sunday Oliseh's winner against Spain wasn't the Super Eagles' only moment at the 1998 World Cup as they made a consecutive outing from the group stage. With two wins in their first two games, Nigeria were tipped for succes. They however lost their last group game to Paraguay before Ebbe Sand led Denmark to eliminate the West African country. 4-1 it ended to Denmark in the Round of 16 game. 

Gyan gets 6th goal 
Ghana captain, Asamoah Gyan got his 6th World Cup goal as Ghana lost 1-2 to Portugal in 2014. The nations all time top scorer is also Africa's top scorer at the global event. His connection to Kwadwo Asamoah's fine cross was his 6th goal in his 3rd World Cup. He usurped Roger Milla's 5 goal record having equalled it after getting a goal against Germany in the previous match. 

Ronaldo wants Hadji out! 
With 7 minutes to spare in their last group stage game in 1998, Morocco looked destined for a second round qualification. Brazil led Norway by a goal as Morocco led by Mustapha Hadji were leading Scotland by two goals. Brazil didn't fancy Morocco making it out of the group stage maybe because of the quality they had with players like Chippo and Naybet's complementing Hadji. Brazil conceeded two late goals to Norway which saw Norway and Brazil qualify at the expense of Morocco. 

Ghana does a Togo? 
In 2006, Togo made more news off the pitch with disputes over team bonuses causing Coach Otto Pfister to walk out on the team before their first game until FIFA officials intervened. Ghana did a repeat in 2014 with brawls between some players, technical team members and management team members over unpaid bonuses. 

Senegal Scare 
3 goals up in the first half against Uruguay? Senegal looked set to be in the next round of the competition in 2002. The Lions had beaten France and played a one all game with Denmark. A loss to Uruguay will end their fairy ride and Uruguay bounced back to give them a scare. Recoba levelled the score for Uruguay with 2 minutes of the game to spare but Senegal wouldn't conceed a fourth. 

Bouba Diop(19) gets a leg to the ball ahead of Petit to get the famous win over France




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