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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.

Portugal has appeared on stage only four times and was third place in the 1966 World Cup.

In the World Cup 2010 qualifiers, it was defeat at home by Denmark and three consecutive draws left Portugal with an uphill task, but a last-gasp win in Albania proved a turning point. Portugal won the final three group games to book a playoff spot and then qualified by beating Bosnia with a 2-0 aggregate score.

COACH:  Carlos Queiroz. He resigned as Alex Ferguson's assistant at Manchester United in July 2008 for a second stint as Portugal coach, having previously failed to qualify the side for the 1994 World Cup. Queiroz's tactics and selections attracted criticism during Portugal's poor start to qualifying, but a late surge ensured a berth at the finals and brought some relief.

KEY PLAYERS:

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid): Aged 24 and plays as a Winger. The world's most expensive player missed Portugal's last three matches through injury and did not score in any of the qualifiers before that, but will be a major threat if he can bring his prolific goal scoring, tricky runs and deadly free-kicks at club level to the national side again.

Liedson (Sporting): Aged 32 and plays forward. He scored a crucial equaliser against Denmark in September on his debut shortly after obtaining Portuguese nationality. A natural poacher, he could be the goal scorer Portugal needs.

Pepe (Real Madrid): Aged 26 and is a Midfielder. Moved up by Queiroz to midfield from his normal defence spot at Real Madrid, Pepe improved with every match and now plays a key role protecting the back four, as seen in the playoff against Bosnia.

Fifa world ranking Nov 2009: 5th

Prospects:

 Portugal is 6th on FIFA table as of 3rd March 2010, has momentum and possess enormous talent, but prospects will depend on whether Queiroz can bring the best out of Ronaldo, solve a problem at the left-back position and deploy Liedson successfully to end Portugal's long-standing finishing weaknesses.

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