This was supposed to be Africa’s World Cup. Held on the continent for the first time in the tournament’s 80-year history, the organisers claimed it would “celebrate Africa’s humanity”.

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This was supposed to be Africa’s World Cup. Held on the continent for the first time in the tournament’s 80-year history, the organisers claimed it would “celebrate Africa’s humanity”.

On the pitch too, many thought it could be Africa’s chance to shine. A record six teams from the continent were taking part, a reflection of the African game’s improved standing since 1990 when just two places were reserved for African teams.

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