The survey found out that, 86% of Africans across South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, and Tanzania plan on watching this year’s World Cup in Russia.
This is according to a survey conducted by Geopoll to determine the level of awareness and interest in the upcoming World Cup, predict viewership habits among Africans towards for the World Cup games, and examine which teams Africans are rooting for in 2018.
In April 2018, GeoPoll conducted a survey on the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup to gauge interest and awareness of the 2018 extravaganza in Africa.
The multi-country survey was conducted among 2,400 unique respondents from GeoPoll’s active respondent panels in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal and Tanzania.
The survey found out that, 86% of Africans across South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, and Tanzania plan on watching this year’s World Cup in Russia compared to 71% who watched some of the matches in 2014, demonstrating the high level of interest in the tournament and the strength of the World Cup brand.
Kenyan men are among the continent’s more enthusiastic FIFA cup viewers, with 92% saying they plan to watch the cup, coming in behind Ghana, at 99%, and Senegal, at 93% but well ahead of Tanzania, South Africa, and Nigeria, at 89 to 86 %.
This comes at a time when Kenya is reported to have the highest number of gamblers in Africa among youth between the ages of 17-35, at 76 percent, according to another recent survey also by GeoPoll.
According to the survey, Kenyans will be rooting for Egypt as their African team despite Senegal, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia also qualifying.
It is easy to see why Kenyans are betting on the Pharaohs.
Egypt is the most successful national team on the African continent, having won the Africa Cup of Nations multiple times. It's the third time for the North African country to participate in the World Cup; the last time Egypt played in 1990.
The Pharaohs beat Uganda, Ghana and the Republic of Congo to qualify for Russia.
No African soccer team has ever reached the World Cup semi-finals and it will be interesting to see how far the five African countries will go.