The World Cup is drawing to an end. Will the tournament be remembered for a Messi moment to rival that of Maradona’s? Or as a breakthrough yeah for African nations?
There was a significant shift towards African football as a business rather than football as development.
Defences win championships - and Morocco has all that it takes to lift the trophy.
African teams at the World Cup are proving that they deserve their seats at the main table.
This could just as well be the year that an African team is crowned champion.
A win is possible - but only in 2026 or 2030 and only if African teams get to play more high level internationals more regularly.
No African team has reached the semi-final stage. Out of Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia, the most likely to do so is Senegal.
The Wafcon final on Saturday is proof of the development of the women’s game on the continent - and of mining star players abroad.
Twelve teams remain after the qualifying rounds of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations - with Nigeria no longer automatic favourites as the competition diversifies.
Will an African nation ever win the Football World Cup? Key moments in past tournaments offer hope – and a warning that the continent needs to invest in the game.