World Cup: No Africans in the Round of 16?

June 20, 2010

It'll be a huge disappointment for the tournament, but now that Cameroon has lost to Denmark, I'm going to stick my neck out and say that no African teams will be in the round of 16. Before the tournament began, I picked Cameroon to be Africa's best team because (a) They had the weakest opponents and, (b) Their star player, Eto'o was definitely going to play. With Cameroon out, what of the others? South Africa needs a miracle - they will have to beat France by a couple of goals and hope Uruguay beats Mexico. Nigeria is all but eliminated after 2 defeats. Algeria needs to beat the USA and hope that Slovenia tops England. Ghana will probably have to beat Germany, who will, at the same time, need to beat Ghana to progress. And unless Ivory Coast gets an unlikely result against Brazil, Group G will come down to who can score the most goals against DPR Korea, which as Brazil found out is easier said than done. So, that's my math, no African teams in the round of 16.