At the end of the group stages, three African representatives were eliminated, leaving two more in matches #53 and #54.
At 1:00p.m today local time at the Estado Nacional in Brazilia, Nigeria’s Super Eagles will engage France to determine their chances.
Impressively, the 2014 World Cup has shown remarkable feats by teams who were not expected to change the course of history.
While performances of African teams have been comparable to their competitors elsewhere, victories have been achieved by exceptional performances, with creative players whose work-rate have been excellent.
Though against Portugal, and even in the entire tournament Ghana’s Black Stars paraded the youngest players in a World Cup.
Unfortunately, they could not match up with their older and experience Portugal opponents, and as a result silly mistakes caused their early elimination.
Against France today, Nigeria’s Super Eagles, the African Champions would be expected to put up a more determined and impressive performance than they did previously against Iran.
This is important because a loss would mean the end of the Eagles’ chances to sell the worth of their Africa championship.
True, defending champion, Spain and Italy crashed out at the preliminary stages, which underscored the fact that every game has its own nuances and challenges.
Imagine how well Ghana’s Black Stars held themselves against Germany but played poorly against Portugal?
The 54th match is also between Germany and Algeria, and with Germany’s devastating form, having defeated Portugal, USA and drawing with Ghana, may create problems for Algeria.
The Algeria and Germany’s match comes on today at 5p.m’ local time at Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.
With Germany in an uncompromising form, it makes it more tempting to predict victory for them. The close marking against Ghana and USA is clearly a point that cannot be lost on an objective fan.
While victories for Nigeria and Algeria may be the wishes of Africans, the Round of 16 has come to a decider that only those who are more adventurous would cruise forward.
Another point in passing is the Round 16th clash between Chile and Brazil. That Brazil is a shadow of itself, surviving on a penalty shootout, which proves the point that if the Super Eagles and the Desert Warriors can rise above themselves, there is the likelihood that soccer history can continue happen in Brazil.