JOHANNESBURG, June 11 (Codewit) – Township parks and downturn squares across South Africa came alive with the blast of air horns and the dazzling yellow of the national team on Friday as jubilant fans flocked to watch their nation open the World Cup. * South Africa gets World Cup party started * Fans across nation […]
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POLOKWANE, South Africa (AP)â€”â€œSokkerkoors!â€ read the headline in local newspaper Polokwane Observer on Friday. Football fever! The atmosphere was building in the smallest of the nine World Cup host cities ahead of its first game on Sunday. â€œFinally, after six long yearsâ€¦ Itâ€™s here!â€ read the frontpage of the daily newspaper Northern Review. â€œI canâ€™t […]
Argentine defender Nicolas Burdisso has declared Saturday’s World Cup opener against the Super Eagles in Johannesburg a must win encounter for the South Americans if they are to have a successful campaign in South Africa. The Albiceleste are one of the favourites for the World Cup, and are widely expected to qualify from Group B […]
Hosting the World Cup already has South Africa feeling proud, but translating those emotions into results on the field might be a problem. Considered one of the worst teams to host the tournament, South Africa will try to avoid becoming the first home team to lose an opener when it faces Mexico in Johannesburg on […]
Nigeria can boast something only a half-dozen other teams in the world can right now: theyâ€™ll be playing the World Cup on their home continent come June. Beyond that, they canâ€™t boast much because they donâ€™t know much. The uninspiring performance at the African Cup of Nations saw Shaibu Amodu relieved of his duties atop […]
World Cup 2010: Big welcome for England fans as thousands arrive in South Africa Saint George led the English invasion of South Africa yesterday as World Cup excitement reached fever pitch ahead of tomorrow’s big kick-off. Devoted fan Paul Farrell was dressed as the dragon-slayer when he arrived in the first batch of our expected […]
Kanu is confident that Nigeria can take the World Cup by storm and progress to the semi-finals. A strong run in the 1990s saw Nigeria reach the knockout stages of two successive tournaments, while they also won the Olympic gold medal in 1996. Nigeria must negotiate a tricky group in South Africa containing highly-fancied Argentina, […]
My World Cup warm-up has been an interesting one: last Wednesday I was sitting on a stool with Rio Ferdinand in London talking to him about captaining England. The event at Niketown ended with the crowd giving a rapturous send off to Ferdinand, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney – the other two popped in for […]
World Cup-bound Green Eagles were May 20th given a presidential send off party at the Villa with a wish from the president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan. It was the president’s first official engagement with the country’s national football team and the coach, Lars Lagerback and Dr Jonathan did not spare any moment in ensuring he made […]
Abuja â€” Fears heightened over the week end that Chelsea FC and Eagles’ midfielder, John Mikel Obi might not fully recover from injury before the final submission of names of 23 players to FIFA for next month’s 2010 World Cup in South Africa.