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Africa hitches hopes to Drogba, I.C.

Updated: October 6, 2009, 5:48 PM ET
By Ravi Ubha | ESPN.com

Slowly but surely, murmurings suggest an African nation could finally break through at next year's World Cup. And why not now, for symmetry's sake? After all, South Africa hosts the extravaganza on the continent's behalf for the first time.

"We will definitely have one team that will go far," the former Ghanaian standout Abedi Pele boldly told reporters in June. "And when I say go far, I mean as far as getting the trophy. When I say this, people laugh, but I believe it."

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