Senegal were pretty much optimistic that they would get into the match against Colombia a stronger side that would progress to the Round of 16. They would have reignited Africa’s hopes for World Cup success, but they were narrowly beaten by Colombia 1-0.
It was a painful, agonizing result for Senegal,who had fought so hard to keep off Colombia from scoring. Senegal’s loss now means that all five African teams at the World Cup – Senegal, Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Egypt – are now out of the World Cup.
Senegal were quite wasteful with their chances, and they had to pay for this after Japan progressed to the Round of 16 ahead of them on the basis of yellow cards received during the whole tournament, despite having the same points. Senegal received six yellow cards in their 3 group matches.
It is certainly a disappointing end for Senegal – and for African at large – and important questions need to be asked as regards the endless and continuous failure of African teams at the World Cup.
Is the FIFA World Cup designed to systematically exclude African teams, or something is inherently wrong with African football?
The probable conclusion is that our football is wrong, and it needs solutions right from the grassroots levels to the top layers of the footballing structures in our continent. And also that African teams are not just pushing enough; being quite complacent and lacking confidence.
But as for now, no more World Cup for Africa.
It’s now for 2022.