Two goals from Ghana on Thursday ended Africa’s run at the World Cup but none of the tournament’s five managed to win, in stark contrast to their Asian counterparts.

While Japan and Saudi Arabia pulled off exciting upsets against former world champions, Africa suffered poor results and had as many points as they scored.

Cameroon , Ghana and Senegal lost their opening matches , while Morocco and Tunisia managed to scoreless draws against stronger opponents .

Tunisia tied negatively with Denmark on Tuesday in Group D, while Morocco played with Croatia, the world champion, in Group Six on Wednesday.

That was followed by narrow defeats to Cameroon and Ghana on Thursday.

Cameroon-born Swiss striker Brielle Embolo scored a goal against his native country to lead Switzerland to a 1-0 victory in Group G.

The goal came after the African team dominated the first half and wasted many opportunities to advance.

Ghana were beaten 3-2 in Group H by Portugal but complained bitterly about the refereeing.

But coach Otto Uddo also said: Africa’s results must improve and I hope we all improve.

All five African teams at the recent World Cup in Russia failed to advance to the first round and the continent’s footballing leaders have said their future priority is to make teams more competitive on the international stage.

The continent will count on Senegal to end this disappointing record on Friday, after it made a good display against the Netherlands in Group A on Monday, before conceding two late goals, which were partly borne by Edouard Mendy, the best goalkeeper in the world.

Senegal captain Kalidou Coulibaly said as his team prepares to face host Qatar on Friday: The team still believes in its chances and is confident in its ability to achieve a World Cup achievement.

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