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Best results of African men's national teams at the FIFA World Cup

Football is the most popular sport in Africa. Indeed, football is probably the most popular sport in every African country, although rugby and cricket are also very popular in South Africa.

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Nigeria national football team during a match against Catalonia
The Nigeria national football team, nicknamed the "Super Eagles" or previously the "Green Eagles", represents Nigeria in international association football and is controlled by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

During April 1994, the Super Eagles ranked 5th in the FIFA World Rankings, the highest ranking achieved by an African football team. They won their third continental title in 2013, and have qualified for five of the last six FIFA World Cups, reaching the round of 16 three times. They made their first appearance at the tournament in the United States in 1994.

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Public bus in Nairobi
Credit: Davykamanzi

A public bus in Nairobi, Kenya bearing the name of Spanish footballer Diego Costa, pictured on 17 August 2014. Football in Kenya is controlled by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF), and the nation became a member of FIFA in 1960, prior to their independence in 1963.

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Vincent Enyeama with Lille in 2014
Vincent Enyeama is a Nigerian footballer who currently plays for Lille in the French Ligue 1 as a goalkeeper. He was also a member of the Nigerian national team from 2002 until October 2015, serving as its captain from 2013 until his retirement from international football. He is his nation's most capped player of all time, ending his international career with 101 caps.

Enyeama began his career with Enyimba, with whom he won the CAF Champions League twice. After three seasons with Enyimba and one with Iwuanyanwu Nationale (now known as Heartland), Enyeama moved to Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv in Israel. In his first season at the club, the team qualified for the final of the Israel State Cup and achieved fourth place in the Israeli Premier League, which qualified the team for the UEFA Cup.

Enyeama signed for Hapoel Tel Aviv in 2007, helped the team avoid relegation and reach the state cup final during a poor 2007–08 season. He won the "Player of The Year" award in 2008–09, and in 2009–10 Hapoel won the double. On 18 August 2010 he scored his first goal of the 2010–11 season with a penalty against Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League qualifiers.

In June 2011, Enyeama moved to Lille in the French Ligue 1 for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract. He made his debut on 18 October 2011 against Inter Milan in the 2012 UEFA Champions League group stage, where Inter managed a 1–0 victory. In August 2012, Enyeama agreed a one-year loan deal with Maccabi Tel Aviv and was presented to the media by Maccabi's Sports Director Jordi Cruyff at 8 August 2012. Upon his return to Lille, club manager René Girard picked Enyeama as his first-choice goalkeeper ahead of Steeve Elana, who had been the first-choice goalkeeper when Rudi Garcia was the club manager.

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