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Football in Africa

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Association football is probably the most popular sport played in Africa. The continent's governing body is the Confederation of African Football (CAF), and all member states except Réunion and Zanzibar are affiliate members of FIFA.

Compared to other continents, the general standard of football in Africa is quite low due to a lack of sponsorship and investment in its various domestic league and cup competitions. Only 13 of the 56 CAF member associations have ever made it to the FIFA World Cup, and of these 13 only Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal have ever reached the quarter-finals. In 2010, South Africa became the first African nation to host the tournament.

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Currently, the top continental club championship in Africa is the annual CAF Champions League, whose record title-holders are Egyptian giants Al Ahly, who have lifted the trophy 8 times, doing so most recently in 2013. The CAF Confederation Cup is the continent's other annual championship, and has been won a record 3 times by Tunisian club CS Sfaxien, their most recent victory also coming in 2013. The winners of these two competitions face each other at the beginning of every year for the CAF Super Cup.

The continent's top international championship is the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN), which is held every two years and contested by 16 national teams that advance from the qualification phase of the tournament. The continent's other international championship is the African Nations Championship (CHAN), which follows the same format as the CAN but can only contested by players in the respective countries' domestic championships.

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The Egypt national football team, nicknamed "The Pharaohs", represents Egypt in international association football and is governed by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), the governing body for football in Egypt. The team plays its home games at the Cairo International Stadium in the nation's capital, Cairo.

Egypt is the most successful national team in Africa, having won the Africa Cup of Nations on a record seven occasions: the inaugural edition in 1957 and on home soil in 1959, as well as the 1986, Burkina Faso in 1998, 2006, Ghana in 2008 and Angola in 2010 edition. Egypt has also been as high as ninth in the FIFA World Rankings, making the team one of only three African national teams to enter the world's top ten. Despite their continental record, Egypt has so far made only two appearances in the World Cup (in 1934 and 1990), failing to win a game on both occasions. The Egypt national team was also the first African and Middle Eastern team to qualify for the World Cup.

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South African fans on the streets of Johannesburg before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup
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Fans of the South Africa national team celebrate with vuvuzelas on the streets of Johannesburg as they await the beginning of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The vuvuzela is a plastic horn which produces a loud monotone note, and has been the subject of controversy when used by spectators at football matches.

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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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