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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.

The Super eagles as they are known which have been on stage three times reached the World Cup for the first time in the 1994 FIFA World Cup.

They were managed by Clemens Westerhof who is commonly considered to be the best coach to have ever led Nigeria.

Nigeria topped their group which included Argentina, Bulgaria, and Greece. In their first game Nigeria defeated Bulgaria 3-0, lost to Argentina 1-2, and qualified for the second round after a 2-0 victory over Greece. In the second round Nigeria played Italy and were within one minute of qualifying for the Quarter finals of 1994 World Cup but Roberto Baggio scored to take the game to extra time. He also scored the eventual winning goal. In 1998 Nigeria returned to the World Cup alongside Cameroon, Morocco, Tunisia, and South Africa. Optimism was high due to their manager Bora Milutinovc and the return of most 1994 squad members. The Eagles qualified for the second round with win against Bulgaria and loss to Paraguay.

The 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan, saw Nigeria again qualify with optimism. With a new squad and distinctive pastel green kits the Super Eagles were expected to build on their strong performances in the 2000 and 2002 African Cup of Nations. Nigeria missed out on qualification for the 2006 World Cup after finishing level on points in the qualification group with Angola, but having an inferior record in the matches between the sides.

 In the race to South Africa, Nigeria was on the brink of elimination in their penultimate qualifier in October when they scored a stoppage time winner against Mozambique to keep alive their chances. But they were still two points behind Tunisia on the final day of the preliminaries. On 14 November, 2009, Nigeria qualified for the 2010 World Cup after defeating Kenya by 3-2 in Nairobi while Tunisia slipped to a surprise defeat in Mozambique.

COACH: Lars Lagerback

KEY PLAYERS:

Peter Odemwingie (Lokomotiv Moscow): Aged 28 and plays in the Midfield. Born in Uzbekistan to a Nigerian father and Russian mother, Odemwingie has been a persistently valuable performer for the Super Eagles and paid his dues with numerous calls up before settling into a permanent first team place. His pace ensures that he is a dangerous commodity for opposing defences.

Taye Taiwo (Olympique Marseille): Ageed 24 and plays as Fullback.The left back has a powerful shot and has scored cracking goals from long range free kicks for both club and country. He is a past winner of the Young African Player of the Year award.

 Prospects:

 Nigeria which is 21st on FIFA classification table as of March 3rd 2010 is Africa's most populated country and therefore seen as the side with the best chance of being the first from the continent to win a World Cup. But they are in a crisis of confidence and also lack a player of genuine world class and creativity in the squad, a void left by the retirement of Jay-Jay Okocha.

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