Africa begins quest to end World Cup drought

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Moscow - Egypt, Morocco and Nigeria will be in action this week in the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) World Cup 2018 in Russia, as Africa begins its quest to produce a winner.

No African team has ever won the tournament since its inception in 1930.

On Friday, Egypt play Uruguay at the Ekaterinburg Arena in Ekaterinburg.

That match kicks off at 14h00 Egyptian time.

Morocco follow suit against Iran at Saint Petersburg Stadium in Russia’s second largest city.

Kickoff is at 17h00 Moroccan time.

On Saturday, Nigeria lock horns with Croatia at the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad at 21h00 West African time.

Fellow African nations, Senegal and Tunisia resume their campaigns next week.

The FIFA World Cup kicks off on Thursday with host nation Russia playing the inaugural match against Saudi Arabia at 17h00.

On Sunday, Group E matches pit Costa Rica and Serbia at Samara Arena in Samara, and five-time FIFA World Cup champions Brazil play against Switzerland at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-On-Don.

Brazil won 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002 FIFA World Cup tournaments.

Four-time winners and defending champions, Germany (1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014) clash with Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium in the capital Moscow.

The Germany/Mexico match kicks off at 17h00 on Sunday.

On Monday, Tunisia will play England at Volgograd Arena in Volgograd. The encounter kicks off at 20h00.

Other matches set for Monday include the encounter between Sweden and Korea Republic at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod (14h00). Dark horses Belgium and Panama complete the Monday clashes at Fisht Stadium in Sochi.

Senegal, quarterfinalists in 2002, complete Africa's representatives on Tuesday when they play against Poland at 17h00.

Argentina (1978 and 1986), England (1966), France (1998), Italy (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006) Spain (2010) and Uruguay (1930, 1950) are other previous winners of the FIFA World Cup tournaments.

Full fixture for this week

GROUP A

Thursday, 14 June

Russia Vs Saudi Arabia (Moscow, 17h00)

 

Friday 15 June

15 Jun 2018

Egypt vs Uruguay (Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg, 14h00)

 

GROUP B

15 Jun 2018

Morocco Vs Iran

(Saint Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg, 17h00)

15 Jun 2018 - 21:00 

Local time

Group B

Portugal vs Spain (Fisht Stadium, Sochi, 20h00)

GROUP C

Saturday 16 June

France Vs Australia (Kazan Arena, Kazan, 12h00)

GROUP D

16 Jun 2018

Argentina Vs Iceland (Spartak Stadium, Moscow, 15h00)

 

16 Jun 2018

Croatia Vs Nigeria (Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad 21h00)

 

GROUP C

16 Jun 2018

Peru vs Denmark 

(Mordovia Arena, Saransk, 18h00)

GROUP E

Sunday 17 June

17 Jun 2018

Costa Rica vs Serbia

(Samara Arena, Samara, 

14h00)

Brazil vs Switzerland 

(Rostov Arena, Rostov-On-Don, 20h00)

GROUP F

17 Jun 2018

Germany vs Mexico (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, 17h00)

Monday 18 June

18 Jun 2018, Group F

Sweden vs Korea Republic (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod, 14h00)

GROUP G

18 Jun 2018

Belgium vs Panama 

(Fisht Stadium, Sochi, 17h00)

18 Jun 2018

Tunisia vs England 

(Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, 20h00) - CAJ News

 

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