2014 WORLD CUP FACTS: AFRICAN TEAMS     

Africa was ably represented at the 2014 World Cup by Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria. The five African representatives were able to manage a combined three wins and three draws, achieving a number of notable records as well.

Here, GoalDig share some of the African records at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

World Cup Fact:     Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan (6) overtook Cameroon’s Roger Milla (5) as all-time top scoring African player at a World Cup.

This Ghanaian lad is just lovable and we can only hope to see more of his enchanting dance steps next time around in Russia. Sorry, Milla!

World Cup Fact:      Algeria became the first African team to score four goals in a World Cup game when they beat South Korea 4-2.

They could have scored more but then Africa can be proud and take it further from there.

World Cup Fact:      The Algeria goalkeeper Rais M’Bolhi created two goalscoring chances; only three of his team-mates managed more in the tournament.

M’Bolhi also impressed in his primary role of keeping the opponents from scoring more goals than his team.

World Cup Fact:      Clint Dempsey’s goal with 29 seconds on the clock vs Ghana for the USA was the fifth fastest in World Cup history.

That early goal would later prove to be Ghana’s nemesis has they failed to make it from the group stages for only the first time since they first appear at the World Cup finals

World Cup Fact:      Alex Song picked up Cameroon’s eighth red card in their World Cup history. His cousin Rigobert Song is one of only two players (along with Zinedine Zidane) to be sent off twice at World Cups, meaning the Song family is responsible for three of Cameroon’s eight reds.

That’s one family that does not accept nonsense from either friends or foes.

World Cup Fact:       Ghana went out in the group stage for the first time ever (in their third World Cup). Now only three teams have never exited in a World Cup opening group stage: Germany, Holland and the Republic of Ireland.

They can be forgiven for such oversight, having had to negotiate a `Group of Death’ that also had eventual champions, Germany, Portugal and the United States.

World Cup Fact:       Nigeria have lost all three of their World Cup second-round ties (0-2 v France in 2014, 1-2 v Italy in 1994 and 1-4 v Denmark in 1998).

Going past that stage may cause an outbreak of Ebola but the Super Eagles are far too kind to let that happen.

World Cup Fact:     Only Roger Milla, who netted three times, has scored more goals as a substitute at the #WorldCup finals than André Schürrle. 

Impact, right?. Well, Schürrle should wait till he’s 40 and then try the feat again. May be then he might have a little African sympathy.

 

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