For the first time since the 1986 World Cup there will be no African team in the round of 16 as Senegal were sent packing from the Russia 2018 World Cup.
Colombia beat Senegal 1-0 courtesy of a second-half goal scored by Mina in a manner that saw the hopes of an entire continent crumble after the fair-play rule eliminated Senegal from the tournament.
Senegal will pay dearly for the chances the rued in the first half of the match, they created chances but failed to convert them but when Mina had the opportunity, he sealed his nations chance.
Africa had looked up to Senegal to keep the Africa hope alive, but the Senegalese team which once reached the quarterfinal stage in 2002 when they made their debut failed to go beyond the group stage.
Coach Cisse who captained the team that reached the quarterfinal stage in 2002 and also the coach of this squad will also be sad with this development, and it will really not give him joy.
Senegal was the first African team to win a match in Russia, hence they became African burden bearer, but they failed to leave up to the expectations.
Africa is out, it would be an opportunity for Africa nations to ponder on the way forward.