The Confederation of African Football (CAF) leads control of football throughout Africa. CAF is the largest of the six FIFA Confederations and was founded in 1957. Despite it’s longevity football in Africa is under-developed in comparison to other regions. However, the popularity of football throughout the continent is overwhelming. In particular the African Cup of Nations sparks interest in the continent’s national teams, and this is when demand for football shirts from the region reaches its peak.
As it is commonly known the FIFA World Cup is the most popular football tournament around the globe. CAF is allocated five places in the finals, and these must be contested via a grueling qualifying campaign between 54 countries. The history of Africa at the World Cup is not pattered with success in the same way as other confederations, but progress is being made, with several highlights.
In 1934 Egypt became the first African team to qualify for a World Cup, but a team from Africa didn’t win a match until Tunisia beat Mexico 3-1 in 1978. Reaching the knockout stages was first achieved by Morocco in 1986, with Cameroon besting that in 1990 by securing a slot in the quarterfinals, the highest placing to date from a CAF national team.
2010 marked the first and only time to date that an African nation has hosted the World Cup. Bidding was only open to African nations and South Africa was chosen. Overall the 2010 World Cup was successful. The country built 5 new football stadiums, and invested in transport infrastructure, a positive step for the country’s future development. It was however, a European team that won, Spain were crowned Champions.
As previously mentioned the African Cup of Nations is the major CAF tournament, specifically for CAF members. The tournament is currently held every two years, and was first played in 1957. Egypt is the most successful country at the African Cup of Nations with a total of 7 wins, three of those consecutive in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Ghana and Cameroon each have 4 wins, Nigeria (3), Ivory Coast and DR Congo (2), Zambia, Tunisia, Sudan, Algeria, Ethiopia, Morocco, South Africa and Congo have each won once.
We stock football shirts for a variety of African national teams. Puma is one of the biggest manufacturers of football shirts for national teams in Africa, and we are supplied directly from Puma’s European distribution centers, ensuring that you are ordering official jerseys.
Puma’s creativity gels with the artistic cultures of African countries ensuring that the design of football shirts for national teams in this region is unique, stylish and captivating. The jerseys are often reflective of the individual cultures and themes, which represent each country, making them ideal for showing patriotism and cheering on the team at World Cup, African Cup of Nations and friendly fixtures.
Browse the jerseys we have available, and use the menu to look at the different countries we stock, where you will find more choice of merchandise. We offer worldwide shipping options, and tax free shopping outside the EU so take this opportunity to order your Africa national team football shirts.