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African nations look to shine

Sports | IBNlive.com | June 10, 2010, 1:36 pm
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 Ivory Coast star striker Didier Drogba reckons his side can do more than just challenge at 2010 FIFA World Cup. He believes that Ivorian success would make a statement, for their country and the whole of Africa.

Ivory Coast star striker Didier Drogba reckons his side can do more than just challenge at 2010 FIFA World Cup. He believes that Ivorian success would make a statement, for their country and the whole of Africa.

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 Didier Drogba is one of the most deadliest striker of today's generation. He is excellent in the air, a clinical converter of half chances and a free-kick expert too.

Didier Drogba is one of the most deadliest striker of today's generation. He is excellent in the air, a clinical converter of half chances and a free-kick expert too.

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 Ghana defender John Mensah is convinced that an African team will make a big impact on the first FIFA World Cup finals held in Africa. He hopes it will be the Black Stars.

Ghana defender John Mensah is convinced that an African team will make a big impact on the first FIFA World Cup finals held in Africa. He hopes it will be the Black Stars.

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 One of the Ghana's most vital player. An attacking midfielder with an eye for the goal.

One of the Ghana's most vital player. An attacking midfielder with an eye for the goal.

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 Nigeria's qualification for South Africa was greeted with an outpouring of relief rather than the triumph. The celebration were muted because --since 1994-- Nigeria expects its Super Eagles to play on the biggest stages and they come so close to an early exit.

Nigeria's qualification for South Africa was greeted with an outpouring of relief rather than the triumph. The celebration were muted because --since 1994-- Nigeria expects its Super Eagles to play on the biggest stages and they come so close to an early exit.

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 Martins is Nigeria's most prolific striker. Martins is the predator in the box, small, quick and effervescent.

Martins is Nigeria's most prolific striker. Martins is the predator in the box, small, quick and effervescent.

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 Cameroon have been ground-breakers for African football. At Italy 1990, legendary striker Roger Milla's team upset holders Argentina 1-0 and became the first African team to reach the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals.

Cameroon have been ground-breakers for African football. At Italy 1990, legendary striker Roger Milla's team upset holders Argentina 1-0 and became the first African team to reach the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals.

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 Samuel Eto'o is one of the best strikers in the world right now. Former Barcelona star has been voted African player of the year three times and is the leading scorer in African Nations Cup history.

Samuel Eto'o is one of the best strikers in the world right now. Former Barcelona star has been voted African player of the year three times and is the leading scorer in African Nations Cup history.

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 South Africa's fortunes have plummeted since they finished fourth in the Confederation's Cup. The hosts will definitely be the most supported team in the cup.

South Africa's fortunes have plummeted since they finished fourth in the Confederation's Cup. The hosts will definitely be the most supported team in the cup.

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 Power pack of energy, combined with an eye for goal and a pass. This Everton mid-fielder will surely entertain the home crowd with his skills and pace.

Power pack of energy, combined with an eye for goal and a pass. This Everton mid-fielder will surely entertain the home crowd with his skills and pace.

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 Algeria are back at the FIFA World Cup finals after a wait of 24 years. Now they aim to reach the last 16 for the first time.

Algeria are back at the FIFA World Cup finals after a wait of 24 years. Now they aim to reach the last 16 for the first time.

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 The powerful centre-back became an instant hero after hitting the winner against Egypt. He is rock solid at the back.

The powerful centre-back became an instant hero after hitting the winner against Egypt. He is rock solid at the back.

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