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Senegal thus became the only African side to win its opening fixture.

After the Blue Samurai's achievement of being the first Asian team to beat a South American side in a World Cup match on June 19, fans celebrated by... staying back at the Saransk stadium in Russian Federation and tidying up after themselves.

But Africa is full of quality and we're on the way.

"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", Cisse said. Russia, the tournament's host nation, inched closer to advancing to the make-or-break knockout round, by beating Egypt 3 to 1.

Morocco lost their opening game to Iran, after conceding a stoppage time own goal while fancied Nigeria were beaten 2-0 by Croatia.

Former Portsmouth midfielder Cisse, 42, believes "it's a bit too early to say" why African sides have had a hard start to the tournament.

The World Cup is always an opportunity for nations to share their own unique approach to the handsome game, celebration in victory and the grief of defeat.

No African side has ever reached the World Cup semi-finals, and the continent has produced only three quarter-finalists.

He is the World Cup's only black coach, but said it was about the progression of the African continent, not skin colour.

Carlos Sanchez was deemed to have handled the ball and was subsequently red carded after just two minutes and 56 seconds - the second quickest sending off in World Cup history - and former Manchester United midfielder Kagawa capitalized from the spot. We were knocking on the door. "That period was like, "yes, it's coming".

Do you think any of the African teams in Russian Federation will make it out of their formidable groups into the round of 16?


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