Nigeria's quiet confidence

Nigeria's quiet confidence
Nigeria may have disappointed at their last two FIFA World Cups but expectations are high of a better showing in Brazil next year, irrespective of the first-round group they are drawn in on Friday.

A draw full of complexities

A draw full of complexities
Location, location, location. Where you play could be just as important as who you play in Friday’s World Cup draw in Brazil.

Eleven of the best Africans not in Brazil

It's the same five African teams going to the World Cup which means an awful lot of Africa's best players will have missed out on the World Cup experience. Africansportonline's Wunmi Thomas puts together a team of the best of those who will be either watching from the beach or taking the Ibrahimovic point of view.

Five reasons why Algeria are in Brazil

Five reasons why Algeria are in Brazil
Algeria became the final team from Africa to book a place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ onTuesday, sealing their spot with a 1-0 victory in the second leg of their qualifying tieagainst Burkina Faso.

World Cup 2014 - How the draw could work

World Cup 2014 - How the draw could work

FIFA will not confirm the details of the draw format until next month.

How it came right for Ghana

How it came right for Ghana
Having qualified for the 2006 and 2010 finals, Ghana's Black Stars were eager to make it a hat-trick by booking their place at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Same again five look to improve

Same again five look to improve

Africa will be hoping that the combined experience of major tournament soccer can help elevate the same five teams that qualified for the last World Cup finals to improved performances when they reassemble at next year's showcase in Brazil.

Gyan ready to prove World Cup point

Gyan ready to prove World Cup point

When Asamoah Gyan scored in the fifth minute against Egypt last month, the outpouring of emotion and adulation in Kumasi was immense. The crowd, nearly 40,000-strong, burst to life. Ghana’s fans showered praise down on their striker and captain. Gyan’s teammates, even those from the substitutes’ bench, flocked around him.

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