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Football is the most popular sport in Africa. In fact, football is probably the most popular sport in any African country, although rugby and cricket are also popular in South Africa.

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Football was first introduced by Europeans in Africa in the late 19th century. The game was first played on the continent in 1862. Historian Peter Alegi said that it "spread very rapidly through the mission schools, through the armed forces and through the railways." In a similar period, teams were established in South Africa before 1900, in Egypt and Algeria. Savages FC (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) and Gezira SC are the oldest surviving African football clubs. Both began playing in 1882, followed by Alexandria SC (1890) and CAL Oran from Algeria (1897). Football was played in Central Africa in the 1930s.

Since Africa is a very superstitious continent, many African teams rely on witch doctors to succeed. Witch doctors' activities for teams include cutting players, putting potions on equipment, and sacrificing animals.

Children are also often exploited by agents. Other issues facing African football include the lack of organization of national team officials and internal disputes between players and officials of the associations.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) was founded in 1957. Sudan was the founder of African football and founded the CAF with four member states: Egypt, Ethiopia, South Africa and Sudan. The first Africa Cup of Nations was held in the same year with three teams. Egypt won the first African Nations Cup and defeated Ethiopia 4-0 in the final. As sport grew, football associations grew across the continent. Qualification rounds were added for the 1962 event. African national teams compete for local teams in both the Africa Cup of Nations and the African Nations Championship.

The first African nation to participate in the FIFA World Cup was Egypt in 1934. Until 1966, this was the only World Cup appearance by a continental team, as a team from CAF football was originally scheduled to play against teams from Asia and Japan football for Oceania a tournament berth. In response, the CAF nations boycotted the World Cup qualifiers and FIFA granted CAF a guaranteed berth in 1970. From 1970, African nations competed regularly at the FIFA World Cup. Zaire was Africa's representative at the 1974 edition of the contest. The team lost all three games. In 1977, Pelé announced his conviction that a continental squad would become world champion until the end of the 20th century, which turned out to be wrong.

After the 1970, 1974 and 1978 World Cup, where each African qualifying match was played, there were two teams from the continent in 1982: Algeria and Cameroon, which had each missed the group stage because of goal difference. At the World Championships in 1986 and 1990, two African nations participated. Morocco reached the round of sixteen in 1986, having taken first place in its group. Cameroon became the first African national team to reach the quarter-finals of the 1990 World Cup. Senegal and Ghana football achieved the feat in 2002 and 2010. Until 2010, South Africa was the first African nation to host the World Cup.

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