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LAST HOPE FOR NIGERIA, AS EAGLES HANG ON CLIFF HANGER
« on: June 22, 2010, 06:43:00 AM »
Last hope for Nigeria
...As Eagles hang on cliff hanger
By The Sun Publishing
Tuesday, June 22, 2010



Nigeria' Super Eagles are expected to file out today against South Korea in their final Group B match in Durban with the possibility of redeeming their shattered image in the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Nigeria has to claim all three points and then hope Argentina does the business against Greece if she is to make the knockout stages of the 2010 World Cup.

It will be a difficult task for the Super Eagles who have only score a single goal in this year's competition and are yet to register a point after a 0-1 defeat at the hands of Argentina and a 1-2 loss to Greece.
They found themselves in front after just 16 minutes against Greece when Kalu Uche netted his first World Cup goal but a rush of blood to the head by Sani Kaita saw him sent off, which could have cost his country a place in the knockout stages.

Kaita clashed with Vasileios Torosidis on the touchline and Kaita kicked the Greek player to earn himself a straight red card. He has said in interviews since that he "couldn't sleep" the night after the game and that he hopes Nigeria progress, so he can make amends.

South Korea looked like she could reproduce the form that saw her reach the 2002 World Cup semi-finals when she comfortably beat Greece 2-0 in her opening match. However, she was taken apart by the genius that is Lionel Messi when she faced Argentina, eventually going down to a 4-1 scoreline. She has the ability within the squad to cause Nigeria all sorts of trouble, as she had beaten Ivory Coast in March and only lost 0-1 to Spain before the start of the 2010 World Cup.

Nigeria will be looking for a huge favour from Argentina after slumping to her second defeat, against Greece on Thursday.
The Super Eagles are now at bottom of Group B with no points but could still sneak into the next round by beating South Korea by at least 1-0, while counting on Lionel Messi and Company to stop Greece in the other Group B match.
So far, the Black Stars of Ghana have recorded Africa's only victory at this World Cup, courtesy of their 1-0 win over highly rated Serbia. But their hopes were short lived with the 1-1 draw they played against Australia on Saturday.

Meanwhile, with a record six teams at the 2010 football World Cup in South Africa, this was to be the 'African World Cup.' Since the big kick-off a week ago, however, expectations have been dampened as the teams are struggling to keep pace.
Despite that South Africa has defied critics as host of the tournament, things have not been going well for the continent's representatives where it matters most - on the pitch.
The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Issa Hayatou, was in an African team will reach the final.
But since upper Friday's colourful opening at magnificent Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, African teams have won just five of a possible 24 points.
The host team and Nigeria are already on the brink of early elimination. Bafana was not good enough against Uruguay on a cold day at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria.
Not even the historical significance of June 16 - date of the Soweto Uprising 34 years ago, when black students battled police - could propel skipper Aaron Mokoena and his troops to victory over Uruguay, who won 3-0.

South Africa now has to beat 1998 World Cup winner, France on Tuesday in Bloemfontein and hopes that Uruguay does her a big favour by defeating Mexico. If she does not, she will go down in history as the first host team not to reach the knockout stage of the World Cup.
Both Algeria and Cameroon lost their opening matches against sides widely regarded as the weakest in their groups. They may have a tough time advancing beyond the first round.

When South Korea and Japan jointly hosted the best of world football in 2002, the South Korea Warriors became the first Asian team to reach the last four of the World Cup, while the Japanese went past the first round for the first time in her history.
The South Koreans literally painted the town red en route to their milestone eight years ago.
According to FIFA, 75 percent of ticket holders for matches at this World Cup are South Africans. Hence the host team - and the other African teams as well - should not lack support from the stands.

'There are no prizes for being part of the host continent. You just have to go out there and earn your points,' said SkySport commentator, Martin Tyler.
'The African teams are not playing to their strength, which is to attack. They are trying to be European, playing a cagey defensive style. You just have to go for goal, that's what African teams are known for,' said Hugo Troosters, a Belgian fan in South Africa to follow Argentina.
African players will have to rise to this 'once-in-a-lifetime' occasion. If they do not, it could be the worst showing by the continent since the 1982 World Cup in Spain, when no African team got out of the group stage.
The official World Cup song: 'Waka Waka' says the time has come for Africa to shine. This optimism may have been misplaced.

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Re: LAST HOPE FOR NIGERIA, AS EAGLES HANG ON CLIFF HANGER
« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2010, 06:43:29 AM »
Last hope for Nigeria
Last hope indeed.

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Re: LAST HOPE FOR NIGERIA, AS EAGLES HANG ON CLIFF HANGER
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2010, 10:34:32 AM »
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