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Angolan Supporters Angolan football supporters and the Palancas Negras (The Black Antelopes) have succeeded in the placing the name of Angola on the football map since 1982. Since their apperance in the World Cup (Germany 2006) Angola is gradually emerging as a promising side.
Nigerian Football Team Football fans will not forget nostalic memories of Nigeria's glorious days when the Eagles boasted of the mesmorising talent of Austin Jayjay Okocha and the defence barrier provided by Sunday Oliseh Rashidi Yekini as the scoring machine upfront.
Egyptian Football Team The pharaoh of Egypt, the African cup holder are the most successful team (6 titles) that the continental competition has ever recorded. Regrettably Pharaohs' failed to qualify for South Africa 2010. This lack of form questione their readiness.
Ghanian Fans Ghanaian football fans are the fact that Black stars have given a good account of themselves in matches. Stars have been enjoying massive support from fans. By all account, the soccer fever sweeping the nation surpasses even the heydays of Ghanaian football.
Cameroun Football Team Cameroun emerges as a football force in Africa and has been able to set a number of records at the World Cup. The Indomitable Lions particpated in the World Cup 5 times (1982, 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002); and first African team to reach the quarter finals.

Algeria managed to qualify in the 1982 and 1986 World cup. The 1982 FIFA World Cup saw one of the great World Cup upsets on the first day with the 2–1 victory of Algeria over reigning European Champions West Germany.

This famous result for the Algerians put the Germans in grave danger of failing to qualify for the next round.  This led to many people believing that the final match in the group between West Germany and Austria was fixed, as Algeria had already played their final group game the day before, West Germany and Austria knew that a West German win by 1 or 2 goals would qualify them both, while a larger German victory would qualify Algeria over Austria, and a draw or an Austrian win would eliminate. At last Germany qualified and Algeria did not reach the second round. In Mexico, at the 1986 World Cup, the Algerians were not able to pass the first round once again in a group that included Northern Ireland (1–1 draw), Brazil (1–0 loss), and Spain (3–0 loss). Only one Algerian managed to score during this competition: Djamel Zidane. From thereon, Algeria failed to qualify for another World Cup until 2010.

On 11 October 2008, Algeria returned to the top 20 African teams by finishing first in their group ahead of Senegal, Gambia, and Liberia for the second round on the combined 2010 World Cup and 2010 African Cup of Nations qualifications.  In the third and final round of the qualifiers, Algeria was joined by Zambia, Rwanda, and Egypt. In July 2009, Algeria made their return amongst the world's top fifty after a 3–1 win against the double African champions Egypt and a 2–0 away win against Zambia. Beating Zambia in Blida 1–0 followed by a 3–1 win against Rwanda, Algeria ensured that the qualification for the World Cup would go down to the wire with a final encounter against Egypt in Cairo, where nothing less than a loss by three goals would stop the Fennecs from going to South Africa.  This run of results also saw Algeria move to the 29th position in FIFA ranking – one place behind Egypt in the October 2009 ranking.  In November 2009, they beat fierce rivals Egypt in a playoff 2010 World Cup in South Africa and moved to the highest FIFA ranking ever reached by Algeria (26) in December 2009.

They were drawn in Group C, where they will face England, the United States, and Slovenia.

COACH: Rabah Saadane has remarkably returned as a World Cup coach more than two decades after taking his country to their last finals appearance in Mexico in 1986. An ex-international, Saadane has had an intermittent coaching career but was offered the job when a series of French bosses departed without much success. The 63-year-old has also worked in several Arabic countries over the last two decades.

KEY PLAYERS:

Karim Ziani (VfL Wolfsburg). Aged 27 and plays in the midfield.

French born Ziani is representative of the vast majority of Algerian players, who are born in France to immigrant parents and have opted to play for the north African nation. The diminutive Ziani threw in his lot with Algeria before coming to prominence at Lorient, where he was voted Ligue’s 2nd best player, and later Sochaux and Olympique Marseille.

Nadir Belhaj(Portsmouth). Aged 27 and plays as full back. Not many can boast scoring twice against Argentina but Belhadj achieved the feat in a 4-3 loss in a friendly in Spain two

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