Pressure is on the African Six Pack
With the World Cup taking place on African soil for the time in history, there's a lot of expectations on African countries to perform well and possibly win the tournament.
Iconic Brazilian Pele added more pressure when he predicted a Brazil-African country final on July 11. "I cannot say which one of the 'African Six Pack' will be in the finals as they are all strong and the tournament is taking place in their continent. The continent produces great footballers," Pele said.
After yesterday's Argentina versus Nigeria clash, the spotlight today falls on Algeria and Ghana who open their accounts against Slovenia and Serbia respectively.
Tomorrow, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon come up against Japan, while African favourites Ivory Coast will round off Africa's first round campaign with a match against Portugal on Tuesday. Ghana's Sulley Muntari put on a brave face when he told the media this week that he was eyeing a place in the final four of the tournament. The Inter Milan midfielder believes Ghana - who also take on Australia on June 19 and Germany on June 23 - can better their last 16 finish of four years ago in Germany in what was Ghana's first World Cup ever.
"After what we did in 2006, expectations are sky high," said Muntari who has been struggling with a left thigh injury.
"We want to get out of our group and get to the semi-finals or even further. Germany are the group favourites and so it will doubtless come down to Serbia - we don't know quite what to expect against them, but we know they are a good team. Our goal is to produce good football."