'African team can win WC in 12 years'

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An African national team boss has claimed it will take at least another 12 years before a nation from the continent can win the FIFA World Cup.

The year 2010 marked the first time the World Cup was hosted on African soil, 80 years after the competition was founded in 1930.

In that time, no team from the continent has clinched the title, with the tournament having been dominated by European and South American sides in its 92-year history.

The furthest any African team has gone in the prestigious showpiece is the quarter-finals, with Cameroon the first to do so in 1990 before Senegal and Ghana emulated that feat in 2002 and 2010, respectively, according to FIFA.

Scroll through the gallery above to see furthest each of the five African teams that have qualified for Qatar 2022 have gone in the World Cup, per FIFA

Morocco coach Vahid Halilhodzic has now stated that it could take another decade before any team from Africa wins the tournament.

"African football players progress more and more, but for an African team to go all the way one day, a bit more time is needed," Halilhodzic said, per BBC Sport Africa.

"Today, African footballers are the best in the world, [with] the image of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Achraf Hakimi, Yassine Bounou.

"But now you need the teams to become more [effective] to one day go all the way.

"It won't be for right now, but in 10-12 years perhaps there will be an African team that will win it."

Last week, it was confirmed that Africa Cup of Nations champions Senegal, Morocco, Ghana, Tunisia, and Cameroon will be representing CAF at the spectacle in Qatar. 

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With the 2022 World Cup group draw having been completed on Friday, the Black Stars will be keen for some revenge on their Group H opponents Uruguay.

The last time the two teams came up against each other was at the World Cup in South Africa, when Luis Suarez was sent off for deliberately handling a goal-bound header during the quarter-final tie.

The Ghanaians were awarded a penalty, but Asamoah Gyan failed to convert it as his spot-kick hit the crossbar, and his country would subsequently go on to lose the match in a penalty shootout. 

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