Senegal became the first African team to proceed to the round of 16 in this year’s FIFA World Cup which is being held in Qatar.
Kalidou Koulibaly who plays for Chelsea football club thumped home the winning goal for Senegal and the strike took them to the last 16 while pointing to his captain’s armband at the Khalifa International stadium.
What a victory this was. Ecuador may have been the favourites to progress along with the Netherlands from Group A, but Senegal richly deserved their victory.
There now remains four teams in the different group stages from the continent which are yet to secure a spot in the final 16.
If indeed this is the penultimate time for an African team to win the most coveted cup in the world of football, then a minimum of at least three teams will be required to proceed to the last 16.
Cameroon has an uphill task for it to qualify for the last 16 having to face one of the favourite teams to win the Cup, Brazil and wanting nothing less of a win from the game for the team to have a chance to qualify.
Ghana, Tunisia and Morocco have fair chances of proceeding to the next stage of this tournament but, this is football and anything can happen we sure do hope the best for the African teams.
The teams that have already qualified for the last 16 include; Brazil, France, Portugal, Netherlands, Senegal, England and the United States.
Qatar, Canada, Ecuador, Iran and Wales saw their last game of this tournament yesterday and will hope to do better in the next World Cup in 2026.
Do you think this is the time an African team will finally bag the coveted Cup?
Meanwhile, here are news stories making headlines in Opera News today;
Jubilee Secretary General Admits That Many Mt Kenya MPs From His Party Are Already One Foot In UDA
According to Jubilee party secretary general Jeremiah Kioni, most of the lawmakers from the vote rich Mt Kenya region who were elected on the former ruling Jubilee party have already literally ditched the outfit and are one foot in the ruling united democratic alliance (UDA) party.
In an interview with The Star, Kioni who was voted out by his constituents in the last general election says that most of the lawmakers who are on their way to UDA party are doing so with the excuse of seeking development.
End of Road For Former Gov Hassan Joho as His Family Firm is Dragged Into This Scandal
The Kenya Kwanza government is already causing heated debate among Kenyans and according to some, president William Ruto is determined to go After those who frustrated his presidential bid.
Well, time is catching up with many and former Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho is not lucky as the law is catching up with him.
According to the morning news, a logistics firm linked to the family of former Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho was awarded a contract on concessionary terms to operate at the taxpayer-funded inland cargo terminal in Nairobi in 2018 based on forgeries of board resolutions by the then-acting Kenya Railways Corporation managing director, the Auditor-General says in a special audit report.
These have raised temperatures and police are allegedly going for the closure of the firm for failing to pay taxes.
Raila to hold parallel Jamhuri day celebrations
Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition leader Raila Odinga has mooted a series of anti-government drives to be launched on December 7, which could lead to a parallel Jamhuri Day celebration on December 12 as a vote of no confidence against President William Ruto’s administration.
Multiple sources at the meeting held at the SKM (Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka) centre in Karen, Nairobi, told the Nation that the PG discussed the possibility of holding a parallel national celebration on December 12, after the launch of the drive on December 7.