Home turf may not be enough
Regarding the chances of the African teams in this year's World Cup, you may have already heard some optimistic prognostication. Something along the lines of this:
Ivory Coast will be the first African team to make the semifinals, and perhaps even win the Cup on "home" soil. Ghana is ready to improve on its second-round performance last time out. Algeria is a dangerous dark horse. Host South Africa is sure to do better than expected.
With a record number of African teams participating ...
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