In the ten years between 1996 to 2006, African football has really made great advances. It was in 1996 at the Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia, for instance that the Under 23 team of Nigeria defeated both Brazil and Argentina on their way to winning the gold medal in the male football category.
This feat was repeated at the 2000 Sydney Olympics with Cameroun winning the gold medal this time.
In this period also, the National football team of Senegal got to the quarterfinals of the 2002 world cup held in Korea-Japan. National teams of some African countries were also able to defeat or play draws with some of the world’s major soccer powers like Brazil, Argentina , Spain in majo สูตรลับของ UFABET r competitions and friendlies.
At the youth group tournaments, African teams regularly get to the semi-finals and finals of such competitions. Teams from Nigeria and Ghana have even won the trophies at these levels.
Indeed, African football has really grown in leaps and bounds from what it used to be two decades ago or earlier.
Players like Samuel Etoo Fils of Barcelona, Austin’Jay-Jay’ Okocha formerly of Bolton, Frederick Kanoute of Sevilla, Kanu Nwankwo of Arsenal and Portsmouth, Obafemi Martins of Inter Milan and Newcastle, and lots of others have become household names all over Europe and the rest of the world.
Indeed, the Nigerian football team has broken into the top ranks of football, being ranked as number nine in the world many times by FIFA, the highest by any African country till date. Some other countries like Cameroun, Cote D’Ivoire, and so on even enjoy higher rankings by FIFA than many other European and South American footballing nations.