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African teams can forget about World Cup semis - Lauren

African teams can forget about World Cup semis - Lauren
From ESPN - April 17, 2018

Despite the optimism that accompanies Africa's five World Cup representatives heading to Russia this summer, former Cameroon international Lauren does not believe any of the quintet can realistically reach the final four.

Africa have never before produced a World Cup semi finalist, but have had three nations -- Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002), Ghana (2010) -- all reach the quarter finals.

Lauren believes the wait is set to continue, and that the final eight is the glass ceiling for any of Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal this summer.

"I could say Africa will be in the semis, we are going to win, but that's not the reality," the former Arsenal man told BBC Sport. "To be honest with you I ca not see any of them going further than the quarter finals.

"This is my honest opinion because we are still one step behind the top teams."

Lauren, who won two African Cup of Nations crowns with Cameroon, represented the Indomitable Lions at the 1998 and the 2001 World Cups.

"I ca not see them challenge the Germans, Argentina, Spain or Brazil," he added. "They are not on that level."

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