Great Moment of African football is here

African Update – 12/06/10

The FIFA World Cup is hosted every 4 years by a chosen country in a bidding contest organized by FIFA some years before the date of the event. The tournament was officially launched in 1930, in the South American nation of Uruguay which hosted and also won the maiden event.

Brazil is the most decorated nation in the World Cup history with a record 5 titles and remains the only nation to have participated in every world Cup tournament since its inception. Defending champions Italy has won the title 4 times and are followed by Germany with 3 titles. Argentina has 2 titles while Uruguay,England and France all have 1 title each to their credit.

From 11th June to 11th July, 2010 the attention of the whole world would focus on Afrika and in particular South Afrika-for all the good reasons. Because the World Cup,the world's most beautiful game has arrived in Afrika for the first time in the 80 year history of this wonderful event.

In 1934, Egypt became the first Afrikan country to take part in the World Cup competition where they lost 2-4 to Hungary. There was no Afrikan entry until 1970, when Morocco became the second nation from the continent to participate in the tournament, which was held in Brazil. They were eliminated in the first round. Then in 1974,Zaire (now DR Congo) arrived at the World Cup as the only sole representation and the first Sub-Saharan Afrikan nation to have taken part in the competition which was staged by then West Germany. But in a group comprising Brazil,Scotland and the former Jugoslavia, Zaire conceded 14 goals without scoring any. This was so painful that Afrikans tried to forget quickly. But it also signaled the turning point in the participation of Afrikan teams at the World Cup.

The great moments of Afrikan performance started in 1978, when Tunisia became the first Afrikan nation to win a match in World Cup history as they defeated Mexico 3-1 in Argentina. Algeria picked the baton from Tunisia at the 1982 World Cup held in Spain and humiliated West Germany in a 2-1 win that still shocks the footballing world. Then Luck started coming in the way of the Afrikans that in 1986,Morocco became the first nation from the continent to reach the second stage of FIFA World Cup competition. They did so by beating Portugal 3-1.

Then in 1990,Cameroon brought so much joy and pride to Afrikans by defeating the defending champions Argentina in the opening game. It was here that Roger Milla wrote his name indelibly in the hearts of all Afrikans. Cameroon was only denied entry into the semi finals of the competition in an unforgettable and painful game with England. But the Afrikans went home with their heads held up high. So it was when Nigeria defeated Spain 3-2 in a pulsating World Cup game in 1998.Senegal brought the Afrikan performance to a pinnacle as they humiliated France in an opening match in 2002.By the time that Ghana out played the Czech Republic in the tournament of 2006,the world had come to accept the Afrikan challenge in FIFA World Cup competition as real and threatening, but also enjoyed the entertaining brand of Afrikan football and their unique way of celebrating goals, as well as the beautiful colours and passion of the Afrika fans.

But still the prediction by Edison Arantes Do Nascimento (famously called Pele) that an Afrika team would win the World Cup trophy before the end of the last century was not fulfilled. It is therefore the hope of every Afrikan that, the time to realize Peles dream is now. The beautiful moment we have been waiting for is here with us.

As we announce the good news to the world despite the wish of the naysayers,South Afrika (and for that matter Afrika) is ready to welcome the world. And for this,we are most grateful to FIFA president Sepp Blatter,former president Nelson Mandela and the ordinary Afrikan people.

As a continent we wish the 6 participating Afrikan countries (South Afrika,Cameroon,Algeria,Nigeria,Ivory Coast and Ghana) well, we expectantly look forward to a successful World Cup tournament that would leave an enduring legacy for Afrika. This indeed is our time,the Afrikan time.

Lets go South Afrika.

Lets go Afrika

And the winner is Afrika

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