Saturday 27 May 2017
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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.
Sporting goods manufacturer adidas have been responsible for the official FIFA World Cup ball since Mexico 1970, but what did they play with before then? Different balls were used for the first and second halves of the first ever FIFA World Cup Final in 1930, since the two finalists insisted on using "their own ball". From then onwards, the host country was allowed to supply the balls. To begin with, the ball was generally made out of 12 parts, before an 18-piece ball was used at the 1954 FIFA World Cup Final, various versions of which were then in service until 1966. The development of the football over the next few decades carried on with experts constantly trying to invent the "perfect ball". The adidas era began in Mexico 40 years ago, and this was when the balls were first given a name. The "Telstar" was made up of 32 special leather panels which made it the roundest ball of its era. After the "Durlast" came the "Tango" which was way ahead of its time in 1978 – so much so that it was used as a model for the ball at the following five FIFA World Cups. "Tango Espana" in 1982 saw the advent of the synthetic ball – still made primarily of leather, but its water-resistant polyurethane layer made it a true product of the high-tech age. "Azteca", "Etrusco" and "Questra" were in the same mould. The "Tricolore" in 1998 was the first coloured ball to be used, whilst the 2002 and 2006 tournaments were treated to the revolutionary "Fevernova" and "+Teamgeist" balls which were rounder, more accurate and more durable. In South Africa, it will be the "Jabulani", made up of a mere eight synthetic panels, which the teams will have to put in the back of the net. This is the 11th official FIFA World Cup ball which adidas has created, and this one is the most stable and accurate football of all time. We definitely expect another name and hopefully a better football with all modern technology associated with the beautiful game.

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