Five countries will be flying the flag for Africa at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. These countries include: Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia.
Below are the teams lists for each country:
Goalkeepers: Essam El-Hadary (Taawoun), Mohamed El-Shennawi and Sherif Ekramy (Ahly)
Defenders: Ali Gabr, Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich), Mahmoud “El-Winsh” Hamdy (Zamalek), Saad Samir, Ayman Ashraf, Ahmed Fathi (Ahly), Omar Gaber (Los Angeles FC), Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa) and Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Al-Fateh).
Midfielders: Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal), Sam Morsy (Wigan), Abdallah El-Said (Ahly Jeddah), Mahmoud “Shikabala” Abdel Razek (Al-Raed), Mahmoud “Trezeguet” Hassan (Kasimpasa), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City), Mahmoud Kahraba (Ittihad Jeddah) and Amr Warda (Atromitos).
Attackers: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), Marwan Mohsen (Ahly).
Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou (Girona), Mounir El Kajoui (Numancia), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger)
Defenders: Badr Banoun (Raja Casablanca), Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Manuel da Costa (Basaksehir), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (Lille), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Midfielders: Youssef Ait-Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Mbark Boussoufa (Al Jazeera), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord Rotterdam), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke 04), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax Amsterdam)
Attackers: Aziz Bouhaddouz (St Pauli), Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane).
Goal keepers: Francis Uzoho (Deportivo La Coruna), Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Enyimba), Daniel Akpeyi (Chippa United).
Defenders: William Troost-Ekong and Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor), Tyronne Ebuehi (Ado Den Haag), Elderson Echiejile (Cercle Brugge KSV), Bryan Idowu (Amkar Perm), Chidozie Awaziem (Nantes FC), Leon Balogun (Brighton), Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa).
Midfielders: Mikel John Obi (Tianjin Teda), Ogenyi Onazi (Trabzonspor), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City), Oghenekaro Etebo (Las Palmas), John Ogu (Hapoel Be’er Sheva), Joel Obi (Torino, Italy).
Attackers: Ahmed Musa (CSKA Moscow), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City), Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Changchun Yatai), Alex Iwobi (Arsenal), Simeon Nwankwo (Crotone).
Goalkeepers: Khadim N’Diaye (Horoya AC), Abdoulaye Diallo (Çaykur Rizespor), Pape Seydou N’Diaye (ASC Niarry Tally)
Defenders: Kalidou Koulibaly (Naples), Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor), Kara Mbodj (Anderlecht), Moussa Wagué (Eupen), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux), Saliou Ciss (Valenciennes), Salif Sané (Hanover)
Midfielders: Pope Alioune Ndiaye (Stoke), Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham), Sheikh Ndoye (Birmingham), Alfred Ndiaye (Wolverhampton)
Attackers: Sadio Mané (Liverpool), Keita Baldé Diao (Monaco), Diafra Sakho (Rennes), Moussa Konate (Amiens), Ismaila Sarr (Rennes), Mbaye Niang (Torino), Moussa Sow (Bursaspor), Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke)
Goalkeepers: Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al Shabab), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux), Aymen Mathlouthi (Al Baten).
Defenders: Rami Bedoui (Etoile du Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa), Dylan Bronn (Gent), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon), Ali Maaloul (Al Ahly), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek).
Midfielders: Anice Badri (Esperance), Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al Ahli Riyadh), Ghaylene Chaalali (Esperance), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Saifeddine Khaoui (Troyes), Ferjani Sassi (Al Nasr), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier), Naim Sliti (Dijon), Bassem Srarfi (Nice).
Attackers: Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al Ittifaq), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes,).
Egypt is in Group A with hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay. Their group stage match fixtures are as follows:
Friday 15 June – uruguay
Tuesday 19 June – Russia
Monday 25 June – Saudi Arabia
Morocco is in Group B with Iran, Portugal and Spain. Their match fixtures are as follows:
Friday 15 June – Iran
Wednesday 20 June – Portugal
Monday 25 June – Spain
Nigeria is in Group D with Croatia, Iceland and Argetina. Their match fixtures are as follows:
Saturday 16 June – Croatia
Friday 22 June – Iceland
Tuesday 26 June – Argentina
Senegal is in Group H with Poland, japan and Colombia. Their match fixtures are as follows:
Tuesday 19 June – Poland
Sunday 24 June – Japan
Thursday 28 June – Colombia
Tunisia is in Group G with England, Belgium and Panama. Their match fixtures are as follows:
Monday 18 June – England
Saturday 23 June – Belgium
Thursday 28 June – Panama
We wish all the African teams a wonderful outing at this tournament. Make Africa proud.