There are five teams representing the African continent in World Cup 2018.

Egypt in Group A with Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Uruguay.

Morocco in Group B with Spain, Portugal, and Iran.

Nigeria in Group D with Argentina, Iceland, and Croatia.

Tunisia in Group G with Belgium, Panama, and England.

And finally, Senegal, inGroup H, with Poland, Colombia, and Japan.

Here’s a breakdown of the 23-man squads of each team.

  • Egypt:

Facts:

  • First World Cup since 1990
  • In 1934 they became the first African country to go to a World Cup,
  • With 7 African Nation titles, they are the most successful team

Players to watch:

  • Mohamed Salah: As he goes, so does Egypt. He scored 44 goals in his first season for Liverpool and has guided Egypt to their first World Cup since 1990.
  • Mohamed Elneny: The Arsenal player is combative and plays with his heart, he will be crucial for Egypt
  • Mahmoud Hassan aka Trézéguet: A spark is always needed and Trézéguet provides one
  • Morocco:

Facts:

  • First World Cup since 1998
  • Won 1976 African Nations Cup, their only one
  • Their manager is Hervé Renard, the first coach to win two Africa Cup of Nations with different countries

Player(s) to watch:

  • Amine Harit & Hakim Ziyech
  • Two young talents born in the Diaspora. They will be the creative spark for the Moroccan team.

  • Nigeria:

Facts:

  • Most consistent African country to qualify for the World Cup. Only missed one (2006) since 1994
  • Won three African Nations Cup
  • First major international tournament since 2014, missed last two African Nations Cup
  • 18 new players from 2014 World Cup

Players to watch:

  • Alex Iwobi, John Obi Mikel, Wilfred Ndidi, and Victor Moses
  • All of these players are the spark that Nigeria needs to get to the next round
  • Facing Croatia first is going to be a challenge for the Super Eagles

  • Tunisia:

Facts:

  • First World Cup since 2006
  • Won their first and only African Nations Cup in 2004
  • Nabil Maâloul is a former player and manager this is his second stint with Tunisia

Players to watch:

  • Wahbi Khazri
  • Their captain and creative outlet, where he goes, they go
  • Saif-Eddine Khaoui
  • Another creative hub for the Tunisians

  • Senegal:

Facts:

  • First World Cup since they bursted onto the scene in 2002
  • Their captain in 2002 is now their manager, Aliou Cissé
  • Never have won the Nations Cup

Players to watch:

  • Sadio Mane
  • The Liverpool winger is one of the best in the world at his position
  • Keita Balde
  • The Monaco man is devastating when he is on, creating a tandem with Sadio Mane
  • Kalidou Koulibaly
  • One of the best young defenders in the world, he will be their rock
  • Cheikhou Kouyaté
  • Their captain and an important part of their midfield

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