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Tunisia's Carthage Eagles: Brothers at Arms

On a warm evening at the Olympic Stadium of Radès on November 11th, Tunisia's Carthage Eagles qualified for their fifth World Cup. The accomplishment was particularly meaningful for a tight-knit squad of players and their father figure of a coach, Nabil Maaloul.

Of the 23 players that were called up for the match, 13 play their club football for either of local giants Étoile du Sahel or Esperance de Tunis, and have grown especially close as a result of crossing paths so frequently.


Ranking the prospects of Africa's contenders after World Cup draw

Africa's five sides learned their fates in Friday's group-stage draw, but what are the quintet's chances of reaching the World Cup knockout stages now that we know their opening opponents?

Here's how we rank the continent's representatives in light of Friday's draw.

5. Tunisia: The Eagles of Carthage appear to be the continent's weakest representatives in Russia next summer, and their slim hopes of reaching the knockouts weren't helped by a tricky opening group.

Had they found themselves in Egypt...

Do Africa's five representatives have World Cup pedigree?

Ahead of Friday's draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, KweséESPN examine the World Cup pedigrees of Africa's five representatives for next summer's showpiece.

None of Africa's five qualifiers are new to the top table, but some have been waiting longer than most for their return to the tournament, while others can point to a more illustrious World Cup track record than their continental rivals.

Nigeria: The Super Eagles have made five previous World Cups, qualifying for every tournament...

Which African team will go furthest at the World Cup?

For perhaps the first time, Africa will send a five-team contingent to the World Cup confident that all of the quintet will be able to hold their own, and each are in with a good chance of advancing past the group stage.

This hasn't always been the case, as historically, the continent has sent representatives who simply lack the quality to compete at the global showpiece - see Togo or Angola - or who have been too racked by internal turmoil to focus on the task at hand - see Ghana or Cameroon.


One unanswered question for each of Africa's World Cup qualifiers

We now know the identity of Africa's five teams in Russia, but what do they need to improve between now and next summer?

Nigeria: Who plays in goal?

Despite their fine qualifying campaign, the Super Eagles have concerns in various positions across their team.

Abdullahi Shehu's continued improvement has done enough to end the concerns that he may not be up to the job, although the identity of the team's central striker isn't yet determined.

Nigeria have no shortage of options, but Kelechi Iheanacho's...