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Africa – Cameroon, Algeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, South Africa and Nigeria – Time To Stand Up And Be Counted

Assuming Serbia beat Australia in Group D then Ghana will have to avoid defeat against Germany to progress to the next round. Considering Germany need a victory to guarantee their own progress and will presumably be totally focussed the consensus is that Ghana have missed a big opportunity against the 10 men of Australia, only drawing 1-1.

In Group G, assuming Portugal beat North Korea, then the Ivory Coast will probably have to avoid defeat against to have a chance of progressing to the next stage. In Group C, Algeria have to defeat the and hope beat Slovenia to progress.

In Group A, South Africa have to defeat France and hope Uruguay and have a positive result.

Nigeria, in Group B, need to win with a comfortable margin against South Korea, presuming defeat Greece. Considering  South Korea themselves will progress if they avoid a heavy defeat, Nigeria will not find it easy. In Group E, Cameroon need four points from their last two matches, against Denmark and the Netherlands, if they are to have a chance of progression.

Simply put, no African side is yet out of the competition but in this inaugural tournament on the African continent there is a genuine chance that by the time the second stage begins all the African sides will be eliminated. Pele once promised, after witnessing Cameroon in the 1990 tournament in , that an African nation would win the World Cup by the time the new century arrived. It never happened.

In 1 week’s time, 20 years after Cameroon became the first African side to reach a World Cup quarter final there is a strong possibility that no African side will have reached another since. The entire continent, and at times the majority of the rest of the world, are supporting the African sides and hoping they can find some magic. Time is running out. Only one African side has recorded a victory so far.

A World Cup tournament in Africa where an African team does not reach the second stage will be seen as a disaster. The tournament needs it. The world wants it. The onus is on an African team, in these final group games, to find the spark needed to squeeze into the next stage. If an African team does make it to the knock out stages then the support of a continent, the feel of playing on home territory, might lead them a long way. An African team needs to make it out of the group first.

 

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  • Ronald January 19, 2017, 3:22 am

    Fan wish list of Inter winter and summer transfer:

    GOAL KEEPER
    Gianluigi Donnarumma, 17 yrs (Milan)
    *Sell Juan Pablo Carrizo and Tommaso Berni

    FULLBACK
    1. Hector Bellerin, 21 yrs (Arsenal); or
    2. Serge Aurier, 24 yrs (PSG); or
    3. Alex Sandro, 25 yrs (Juventus)
    *Sell Yuto Nagatomo

    CENTRALBACK
    1. Marquinhos, 22 yrs (PSG); and
    2. Raphael Varane, 23 yrs (Real Madrid)
    *Sell Marco Andreolli

    DEFFENSIVE MIDFIELDER
    None
    *Sell Assane Gnoukouri

    ATTACKING MIDFIELDER
    None
    *But if necessary, buy Memphis Depay from MU for a bargain.

    SECOND STRIKER
    Roger Martinez, 22 yrs (Jiangsu Suning FC)
    *Sell Jonathan Biabiany, Rodrigo Palacio and Eder

    Do not waste USD 150 million for 2-3 expensive players like James Rodriguez and Alexis Sanchez. Instead, invest smartly in 5-6 strong developing young talented players.

    Forz Nerazzurri!

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