Five African teams represented the continent at the first Mundial hosted in the Arab world but only two made it to the knockout rounds
Super Eagles head coach Jose Peseiro has been impressed with the contributions of Africa’s five representatives – Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia, and Morocco – at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
The CAF campaigners pulled off notable victories in the group stages. Ghana beat South Korea, Tunisia defeated reigning champions France, and Cameroon stunned Brazil but only Senegal and Morocco made it to the knockout stage.
England ended Senegal’s fine run but Morocco edged Spain on penalties to become the only African side in Qatar – and the fourth in history – to reach the World Cup quarterfinals.
And coach Peseiro has applauded the Moroccans for their excellent exploits, ranking the Atlas Lions the best African team of Qatar 2022.
“I think Ghana, Cameroon, and Tunisia achieved good results but lacked the consistency to advance to the round of 16,” Peseiro told NFF TV.
“Cameroon played a fantastic match against Serbia and they beat Brazil, Ghana also defeated South Korea.
“Senegal had a great performance in the group stage, but the big surprise at this year’s World Cup are Morocco.
“They are a well-organised team and conceded fewer goals. Only three teams in Africa have reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup; Senegal, Ghana, Cameroon, and Morocco make the fourth team.
“They showed qualities and they are the best African team in Qatar.
Morocco will play Portugal in the quarter-finals on Saturday at the Al Thumama Stadium and the Lions could become the first African team to reach the World Cup semifinals with a win.