Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Africa showing few signs of making World Cup breakthrough

Africa showing few signs of making World Cup breakthrough

World Cup fans of Senegal and Japan have backed up sweeping victories on the pitch in Russian Federation with a spot of sweeping in the stands.

Russia's victory was predicted by the "psychic" cat Achilles, who also predicted Russia's win in the World Cup opening game.

Several viral videos show Japanese fans systematically picking up and disposing of trash into plastic bags while donning Blue Samurai jerseys.

"It's a bit too early to say why the African sides are not doing well", said Senegal coach Aliou Cisse after his side's unconvincing win, in which they took advantage of two errors to take all three points.

The country also made headlines for fans' tidiness at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Supporters of Senegal celebrate in the FIFA Fan Zone in Moscow after Senegal defeated Poland, 2-1, in the FIFA World Cup Group H preliminary round.

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Cisse however agrees that after five defeats in the six games featuring African teams, the hunt for glory could take some time.

According to a translation of the video, the Colombian man filming the Japanese fans can be heard praising the nation's culture and scolding his own people for not following their example.

A Japan-based football journalist, Scott McIntyre, told the BBC that cleaning up is "part of Japanese culture".

"Senegal achieved a historic triumph", Argentinian media outlet TyC Sports tweeted. It is a habit drilled into citizens from a young age, with students expected to clean their school classrooms and hallways.

While the Senegalese supporters could have been forgiven for going on a wild party the second the match ended, instead they did something far better. The Lions of Teranga's next match is against Japan on 24 June.

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