African Teams’ records at FIFA Confederations Cup

Following are records by African countries at the FIFA Confederations Cup since inception in 1992 when it was called the King Fahd Cup, named after King Fahd of Saudi Arabia.

The competition had that title in 1992 and 1995 before FIFA took over the organization in 1997 and named it the FIFA Confederations Cup.

1. Cameroon is making its third appearance in the 2017 edition.

2. Only Nigeria and Cote d’ Ivoire have reached the last four of the tournament.

3. Cote d’ Ivoire was the first African team to participate in the FIFA Confederations Cup when it was known as the King Fahd Cup in 1992. The Ivorians won that year’s AFCON beating Ghana in the final in Senegal. In 1992, Cote d’ Ivoire was defeated 4-0 by Argentina in the semi-finals and lost 5-2 to the USA in the third-place match. The 1992 tournament was the only one not to feature a group stage and only had four teams in attendance.

4. Nigeria won the 1994 AFCON in Tunisia, the second AFCON title in the country’s history. It was the ticket needed to fly Africa’s flag in the 1995 King Fahd Cup as the African champions.

The Super Eagles also finished fourth in the tournament which had six teams in attendance – They were defeated by Mexico in the third-place match, 5-4 on penalties after 1-1 at regulation time at the King Fahd International Stadium, Riyahd, on 13 January 1995. Ramon Ramirez scored Mexico’s goal within the 90 minutes of regulation time but Daniel Amokachi restored parity 11 minutes later. In the shootout, Nigeria’s penalties were converted by Austin Okocha, Mutiu Adepoju, Austin Eguavoen and Ben Iroha while Emmanuel Amuneke lost his kick.

5. South Africa represented Africa, having hosted and won the AFCON in 1996. The Bafana finished bottom of the Group B table. The South Africans were held to a 2-2 draw by Czech Republic, defeated 1-0 by United Arab Emirates and were also defeated, 4-3 by Uruguay.The South Africans, however, won the FIFA Fair Play Trophy.

6. Egypt were African champions after the 1998 AFCON and so represented Africa the following year in Mexico. The Pharaohs finished bottom of Group A that featured Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Bolivia with just two points after three games. The Egyptians were held to a 2-2 draw by Bolivia in their first match, they were also held by similar result against Mexico but lost 5-1 to Saudi Arabia.

7. As a dress rehearsal for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, co-hosted by South Korea and Japan, Cameroon who edged Nigeria in a dramatic penalty shootout in the final of the 2000 AFCON, co-hosted by Nigeria and Ghana, were Africa’s flag-bearers in Korea/Japan. On 31 May 2001 Cameroon began their campaign on a losing note against Brazil 2-0. The Indomitable Lions also lost their next game against Japan on 2 June 2001. The Africans, however, won their last group game two days later against Canada, winning 2-0 with their goals scored by Bernard Tchoutang and Patrick Mboma.

8. The Indomitable Lions were also the African representatives in the next edition of the FIFA Confederations Cup in France in 2003. France retained the title they had won in 2001, but the tournament was overshadowed by the death of Cameroon’s Marc-Vivien Foé, who died of heart failure in his side’s semifinal game against Colombia. Cameroon had topped Group B after defeating Brazil and Turkey 1-0 each and holding the USA to a scoreless draw. A Pius Ndiefi goal was all they needed to beat Colombia in the semifinals but that was a sour victory as the Lions lost the enigmatic Foe to death. Cameroon were defeated 1-0 by France in the final, thanks to a Thierry Henry goal in the 97th minute of extra time. The late Marc Vivien Foe was awarded the Bronze Ball prize.

9. Tunisia represented Africa at the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup as the winners of the 2004 AFCON. The north Africans finished third in a Group A that featured Germany, Argentina and bottom-placed Australia. They lost 2-1 to Argentina, 3-0 to Germany in their second match, but defeated Australia 2-0 in their last group outing.

10. Two African countries took part for the first time in the tournament. South Africa were the designated hosts of the 2010 World Cup and Egypt had won the AFCON a year earlier. South Africa finished second in Group A with four points behind Spain who had a perfect nine points from three matches. The hosts drew goalless against Iraq, defeated New Zeland 2-0 but were beaten 2-0 by Spain.

11. Egypt were the bottom-placed team in Group B and were beaten 4-3 by Brazil, pipped Italy 1-0 in their second group game and lost 3-0 to the USA.

12. The Super Eagles returned to the tournament for the second time in Brazil. Despite arriving late for the Confederations Cup, the Nigerian national team got off to a perfect start, beating a hapless Tahiti semi professionals 6-1 in their first Group B match on 17 June 2013. Nnamdi Oduamadi scored a hat-trick in the one-sided game while left back Elderson Echiejile scored too but the Tahitians conceded two own goals. Nigeria then lost their second game 2-1 to Uruguay on 20 June 2013. Diego Lugano scored the first goal of the match for the South Americans. Nigeria captain John Mikel Obi equalised after an individual piece of skill in the 37th minute. Diego Forlan however scored the winner for Uruguay six minutes into the second half. The Eagles’ last group game was a 3-0 loss to Spain three days after the defeat to Uruguay.