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Cisse says he is “certain” an African team will win the World Cup

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Senegal are the only team from Africa to win in the opening round of fixtures at Russia 2018, with the other four losing.

No African side has ever reached the World Cup semi-finals, and the continent has produced only three quarter-finalists but Senegal coach, Aliou Cisse is confident an African team will win the World Cup.

“Africa is full of quality and we’re on the way,” said Cisse via BBC.

“It’s a bit more complicated in our countries. We face realities that are not there in other continents.

“But we fully trust our football, we have no hang-ups.”

“I’m certain that one day an African team, an African country, will win the World Cup,” he added.

“There’s definitely been a decline,” said former Nigeria international Peter Odemwingie, who played at the past two World Cups and is now working as a BBC pundit.

“Nigeria had one of the best African squads ever at the 1994 World Cup. We were knocking on the door. We won the 1996 Olympics by beating Brazil and Argentina with all their stars.

“That period was like, ‘yes, it’s coming’.”

Senegal beat Poland 2-1, Egypt and Morocco could be eliminated inside the first week, while Nigeria and Tunisia lost their opening matches.