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Africa ready to conquer Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

Written By Themba Khumalo on Friday, November 15, 2013 | Friday, November 15, 2013

The five African nations bound for the Brazil 2014 will be decided this weekend. We are going to witness cream de la cream of African football playing against each for the places in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in the land of Samba. The main goal for the African teams is to progress beyond the last 8 which will be the best achievement ever by the African team in the World Cup. Only Cameroon class of 1990, Senegal golden generation of 2002 and Ghana youthful team of 2010 made it to the last 8 of the World Cup.

My money is on Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast to qualify with ease for Brazil 2014.They have done enough in the first leg to qualify but football is full of unpredictable moments. However, Ethiopia, Egypt and Senegal don't stand a chance to embarrass the best African teams.

Ethiopia had a chance to seal a victory against Nigeria in Addis Ababa but lacked composure and scoring techniques to trouble the "Super Eagles”. Senegal showed a lot of respect against Ivory Coast but succumbed to the two quick and soft goals within short period of the time.

However, "Lions of Teranga" regained conscious towards the end of the game which was already too late despite scoring an important away consolation goal. Egypt was out-played, out-displayed and out-competed by high flying Ghana. I don't foresee Egypt turning the table around. 

Cameroon despite its internal issue in the federation due to political intrusion will make it through alongside Algeria but I don't foresee them doing well in Brazil 2014. Cameroon lack good team spirit to trouble any team whilst Algeria is not good enough in terms of talent to upset other teams if they qualified.

Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast with some famous names in Europe leagues are strong and experience enough to make the impact in the Brazil 2014. Most of their players are playing week and week out in the big European leagues.

However, it won't be easy as South American teams such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile and Uruguay ready to make good impression in the tournament by winning it in their own continental soil but European teams such as Holland, Spain, Russia, Germany, Italy and probably Portugal and even the tournament surprise package Belgium can't be undermined in the tournament as they are capable to beat any Nation. Personally, I don't foresee England making any significant impact in the Brazil 2014.

I strongly believe that African teams have more chance of succeeding in South America not due to the similarity in climate as suggested by England Coach Roy Hodgson but due to the rising standard of African Football. The victory by Golden Eaglets (Nigeria under 17) winning FIFA under 17 World Cup will inspire African teams to conquer the world in Brazil.

Saturday, 16 November 2013
Nigeria vs Ethiopia
Senegal vs Ivory Coast

Sunday, 17 November 2013
Cameroon vs Tunisia

Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Egypt vs Ghana
Algeria vs Burkina Faso

By Owen Mundalamo

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