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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old September 21st, 2006, 23:13 Thread Starter
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What Is An Acceptable Result In 2010?

The 2010 World Cup in South Africa will probably be Africa's best chance of picking up some medals in probably the next 3-4 editions (until we get it back) given the inconsistency of African teams and the overall instability in our continent. So what do you guys think is an acceptable result for an Africa team at the World Cup given our past history (2 quarter-final appearances)? And who has the best chance of accomplish this? The hosts, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt? Is a semi-final appearance enough (like South Korea in 2002)?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old September 22nd, 2006, 05:30
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I think the first question is how many spots will we get? Will RSA get one of our 5 spots or will we get 5 besides RSA's? That would be nice.
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The first question will we whether or not we will actually get the WC. I heard that Australia has already proposed to host it if there is not enough progress in SA.

If we get 5 spots, I say 2 African teams in the QF's should be accomplishable. Playerwise we should be able to go that far, and now at the African continent, it might be the touch that African nations needed to succeed. I also hope that a lot of African fans manage to come to SA.

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old September 22nd, 2006, 16:07 Thread Starter
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I think Africa will get 6 teams, South Africa plus 5 more through the qualifiers. FIFA always gives the host continent an extra spot, especially now that its in a continent where they are trying to develop football (much like Asia in 2002).
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post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old September 22nd, 2006, 20:02
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I agree with Prince-O. Two places in the QFs would be great although very difficult too. It's too early though to know which NT would be the most likely to do so.

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post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old December 6th, 2006, 17:20 Thread Starter
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As predicted, FIFA has announced that Africa will get 6 spots at the 2010 World Cup. South Africa (hosts) + 5 qualifiers. Great news for African football.
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Wow, that's absolutely fantastic news! I did not even dare to hope for this. Now let's hope that the qualifying groups don't match teams like Cameroon, Egypt and CIV together again..

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If Ghana and Ivory Coast maintain their high level, they'd be quarter-finalists material.

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If Ghana and Ivory Coast maintain their high level, they'd be quarter-finalists material.
Yes, definitely. CIV was incredibly strong during the last WC and just unlucky to be with Holland and the Argies. Ghana did look very good as well. Add to that South Africa as a host nation, Nigeria who must perform, Cameroon eager (like Nigeria) to take revenge for missing out last time and possibly Egypt, who I find very strong, as a strong outsider.

I hope these countries will make it to the finals: Nigeria, Cameroon, CIV< Ghana and Egypt

Let Tunisia stay home for a change, they aren't performing anyway.

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I hope Algeria makes it .............

Seriously though, I think we will see at least one country in the semi-finals. The last U20 World Cup had both Nigeria and Morocco in the last with Nigeria making it to the final. In 4 years time those players should reach their prime and both squads already have good players to start off with. Throw in the likes of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon and countries noone mentioned like Mali and Senegal (who both have tons of young players coming up in Europe) and you realize that anything less than a semi-final is a major dissappointment for Africa.
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I think this is one case where the teams' past history needs to be analyzed taking in consideration that they've never played at home in WCs. If we think about the past few WCs, it's undeniable that not only the home teams, but also other teams from the continent where the WC took place, had an extra 'boost' from their cheering fans. That kind of incentive can't be manufactured or faked, and it makes a LOT of difference.

In that perspective... even though it's true that no African teams have reached the WC semifinals so far, if a sharp-playing team like 2002's Senegal (to name just one African team that played high-quality football in a WC) had their fans backing them in larger numbers - such as the Koreans in 2002, Germans in 2006 and French in 98 - I do believe they could've gone further, maybe even beyond the semis.

Who knows?, this may even be Africa's turn to win the trophy for the first time.

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I don't think that the tournament being in South Africa will make much of a difference to most African countries. Africa is a big continent, I doubt teams like Egypt or Morocco or Nigeria will have any kind of home advantage. South Africa is as far away for them as a European country.
Unfortunately, the power base of African football is in the north and west.

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Both Garrincha (nice to see you posting here man!) and HiJazzey make points. I find it difficult to make a prophecy of how things will develop supporterwise. Fact is though, even if Nigeria fans won't travel to South Africa, local South Africans will definitely support them over a team from another continent. I believe African solidarity is pretty high, especially when it comes to football.

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I'd like to see Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Ghana, and Egypt qualify. I expect the Ivorians to make it to the quarterfinals, at least.

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