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Are you proud of your African team?

Nyambura Wambugu | 15:36 UK time, Monday, 5 July 2010

The World Cup dream is over for all the African national sides and the inevitable post mortems have begun.


fanvuvuzelacrop.jpgThe poor performance of Nigeria's Super Eagles has already led to the sacking of two top officials - although the team's two year presidential ban from international competition has been reversed. Similar soul-searching is underway in Cameroon, Algeria and Ivory Coast.

Even Ghana's Black Stars are fighting off a backlash. Angry fans criticised them on phone-in programmes after their narrow defeat by Uruguay, although the country's president has since urged Ghanaians to be proud of their achievement.

Are you proud of your African team? Were you expecting too much? What impact has Africa made at the World Cup? Was it all worth it?

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  • Comment number 1.

    [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator] I am not please nor proud of an African Football Teams. The players act as if they don't know how to play the game. While most of them are playing in major leagues in and out of Europe. To me, when everyone was so dependant on Ghana as our ticket to the Semi-Finals. I was like I don't care. After the way they played USA (the nation i was born in) I was very disappointed. Miss so many easy goals and let's not talk about how they failed playing this pass weekend. Anyways, it is the will of God(The All Mighty). No matter how good you are, God decides who wins and who loses. Look at Brazil and Portugal. Who know.....

  • Comment number 2.

    [Personal details removed by Moderator]Despite their performance, I am still in support of African teams. It is just a game. In any game, there is a winner and a looser. What they need to do is to review all that happened in this world cup and try to fix whatever problems encountered. One of the problems I saw with the African teams is lack of team work. A lot of the players want to exhibit their individual skills rather than play together as team.

  • Comment number 3.

    [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]Very proud, our teams - SA, Ghana, +++ Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire & Algeria did excellently; & I am also proud of South African citizen for being the people we know we are - friendly, inviting & proud of our country & people.

    There is a saying in Africa that says - Even the mighty eagle has to come down to earth to rest & build its strength, then it flies again, mighter than ever.

  • Comment number 4.

    [Personal details removed by Moderator] Am not proud of the abysmal performance of Africa teams at the world cup most especially the Super Eagles of Nigeria and their show of shame at the mundial. I feel the Presidentail ban on the team should have stand allow Nigeria to restructure its football at once again get to the apogee of what Nigerian football is known for in the years gone by.

  • Comment number 5.

    I'm not proud of my team (Super Eagles) and the predictions i had on African teams came true as well.

  • Comment number 6.

    I think we the fans back home expected so much from our teams just because the tournament was being hosted in Africa.The lack of proper preparation and appointing coaches some few months to the tournment, meant some of the teams were simply not ready.But all in all the black stars did well by getting to the quarter finals considering the fact that it was their second appearance and an improvement over the previous one.
    South Africa should congratulated for hosting a successful tournament this far and bringing pride to the continent.

  • Comment number 7.

    [Personal details removed by Moderator] there is a saying which says' your mum is always yours wether she is lame, a witch, a thieve and a cripple, she will always remain yours' so Im very much proud of all the african team especially the Ghanian team, what they display at the world cup made me blow my vuvuzela even at my new town of Juba southern sudan. for those who took foot as a way of displaying supperiority they are all wrong. we have players who are playing overseas but we should expect them to deliver well because they are playing in Europe no. football is always a team work. so for those who believe that a good team shopuld be coached by an european coached, i prove them wrong, even without that serbian coach of Ghana, i know ghana would have perform nicely no matter what.

  • Comment number 8.

    I am not very much impressed of Africa's performance at the world cup despite Ghana's impressive performance. Ghana played very good football but luck eluded them and i take it as part of the game. I did not expect the Black Stars to have gone far but they surprised us. Countries like Cote d'voire and Cameroun were expected to have gone far but were very disappointing. It showed clearly the issue of lack of preparation and poor planning. South African team could have done better since they were automatic qualifiers. What went wrong with them? Africa football administration need a complete overhaul to meet to the current football trends. A lot of amateurs are handling football in Africa and so much corruption.

  • Comment number 9.

    Despite ending up at the bottom of Group C where it started, I am very proud of Algeria's Fennecs and only wish that injuries had not kept them from having the best of their squad available for the six months prior to the start of World Cup competition. The most glaring fault was that Saadane started Chaouchi as goalkeeper when history should have warned him not to; thus Slovenia got a goal it had not earned, plus the 3 points it didn't deserve, leaving the Fennecs in the ditch at the outset of the compettion. But even so the Fennecs were a force to be reckoned with and were fianlly the team we had watched during the World Cup qualifiers. Madjid Bougherra was outstanding as was Rais M'bolhi-who is a 'keeper's Keeper. Belhadj and the rest of the squad were great, and played with courage and heart and skill. Neither the Fennecs nor their coach have anything to be ashamed of. With the new blend of talented veterans and the younger players added to the squad, the Fennecs are on their way to be Africa's best team ever. Thank you Fennecs for taking us on this wonderful adventure to and through the 2010 World Cup. And thank you Rabah Saadane for all you endured to get the Fennecs this far.

    To Ghana: Well done!
    To Bofana Bofana: Well done!

  • Comment number 10.

    [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]Even Ghana's Black Stars are fighting off a backlash. Angry fans criticized them on phone-in programs after their narrow defeat by Uruguay, although the country's president has since urged Ghanaians to be proud of their achievement.

    This is why R/D also does not work in Africa. Everything is expected 100% result. People do not appreciate the effort and hard work invested. The worst is that those who criticize are those who can not produce 1/1000000th of what the players accomplished. Almost every football player wants to win than loose for his own inner interest and feeling of achievement. The soul-searching as of this point in Cameroon, Algeria, Ivory Coast and other parts of Africa ought to be how to better train for next time win. In the mean time life goes on and countries have sewer, water, electric, road, school, clinic etc to build. If those are to difficult to do, then let us play ball in the sewer.

  • Comment number 11.

    I'm just angry at those teams. African players do very well when they play in Europe, but when it comes to defending the national flag, they perform below average. It is a shame.
    We wouldn't even be able to beat the vatican during a soccer game if the 80 years old bishops out there decide to kick the ball.

  • Comment number 12.

    Yeah, I'm proud of super eagles players ruining an already drab world cup tournament, running round the lush South African field thinking it to be some beauty pageant, feeding fat at farmished Nigerian taxpayers expense, drinking the choicest wines, smiling at the prettiest SA gals, and of course being at sea when it comes to just poking a ball into the net with the opponent's goal keeper doing tai-chi on the turf...
    Yes, I'm proud of them,[Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator] the Nigerian FA deserved to be in the Olympic Karate team instead of the Super ducks---eh eagles.

  • Comment number 13.

    I am proud of Ghana. Although they should have won their last game, they improved over the last World Cup. I expect the black stars to build on this youthful and talented team for 2014. I was not surprised by the Nigerians (they never seem to get their act together no matter what the event). The Algerians did not disappoint; they usually play kickboxing when they are losing. The Ivorians and Cameroonians were over-rated, so I am glad they crashed out so early. That should humble them a bit.

    Mostly, I am proud of South Africa. They pulled this off, and if that doesn't shore up Africans' belief in themselves, I don't know what will.

  • Comment number 14.

    I'm proud of Nigeria's goal keeper, Vincent Enyeama. Despite his country's poor performance, he still proved himself a world-class goalie.

  • Comment number 15.

    Though, Liberia did not form a part World Cup,I think we need proper preparation before going to any major competition like the World Cup.
    I am not too proud, but what to do. At least Ghana tried.
    Brazil 2014 could be a great time for Africa

  • Comment number 16.

    as a Kenyan i will never be satisfied with the way football is being run in this country. we got so much talent which is let to waste as football officials engage in witless fight over running of soccer affairs in the country. other African countries have shown a good example of what football can be if well managed, we lack managers as a country but blessed with lots of talents yet to be tapped.

  • Comment number 17.

    How could i be proud of the Super Eagles. I think they showed no commitment whatsoever. I'm English/Nigerian so i got a double whammy of disappointment but i'll focus on Africa.

    Look at how the South Americans played their hearts out, we did not get that for one second from any other African team but Ghana. Dare i say, Luis Suarez' handball (however heartbreaking it was), is great sign of someone willing to win at all costs for his team (although the rules might have to be changed).

    Ghana single-handedly showed the world what African football is about; flair, passion, occasional naivety and heartbreak but still very laid back.

    As far as the other teams are concerned, they need to go back to the proverbial drawing board and get their act together. Opportunities like these only come once in a lifetime and it was a shame to see them blow it.

    I think Ivory Coast were unlucky with their group but i don't think they showed enough spirit in their first game. This was surely the swansong of such a talented group of players.

    I cannot even speak about my own team Nigeria because it was clear for everyone to see the problems they have. Only divine intervention might be able to rescue this team that is still dwelling on past glory.

    I am proud of the Ghanaian team and incredibly proud of the African World Cup. Regardless of the poor showing on the field, the organisation of the events has been really impressive and i hope this tournament would be remembered for more things than the vuvuzelas.

    In response to the last question: IT BEEN TOTALLY BEEN WORTH IT!!!

  • Comment number 18.

    I am not proud of the Nigerian senior football team. I am angry with the football authorities as well. But nothing much was expected anyway.I am more disappointed in the Black Stars and the Elephants whom I had adopted because they were supposed to come to the party. But it's only going to be more of the same so why bother?

  • Comment number 19.

    I'm half Ghanaian, half Nigerian. I am extremely proud of Ghana, but not at all impressed by Nigeria. To be honest the African teams were merely a reflection of their nations as a whole. Given Nigeria's stature and size and presence in the football world - they've got all the big names - they should have done so we'll but did not. Ghana, as with its politics, got so far, proved a shining example for the continent, but just didnt quite get as far as they should have simply because they didnt capitalise on many opportunities to net it. Yes we can say we were robbed, much like with our raw resources, but the one word that moves around when analysing this World Cup is "mentality" and I dont think any African country or team has the right mentality to take them very far in anything.

    There's also the need for a mentality change in Western countries. There wasnt such an outcry at the Quarter Final match because they never expect much from anything we Africans do. We get only half way of the vision and they already tell us we've gotten sooo far, and that its sweet and encouraging that the continent has banded together, and that if we stopped here we would have done well.

  • Comment number 20.

    I didn't expect anything African teams weren't capable of, to compete and win is what the tournament is all about, and that is not too much an expectation. Although some of the teams performed better than others, but on the avarage, the general performance was nothing but mediocre in my view.

  • Comment number 21.

    Are you proud of your African team? = NO.

    Were you expecting too much? = YES.

    What impact has Africa made at the World Cup? = They impacked {CORRUPTION} in the field of play,Tsystem of african government was exposed in the play by all the africa teams.

    Was it all worth it? = NO.

    Nigerian NFF still have querry to answer,where is the N1.6 Billion Naira????.sack all of them mr.president.

  • Comment number 22.

    I am proud of the Nigerian Team simply for representing my country. There performance was dismal though so Mr President should not ban the team but ban the players from ever representing our country again.
    Let us as Nigerians focus more on our home grown more level headed youths to return the country's footballing glory. And NOT on those 'big headed' lazy millionaires loosing to Greece of all countries.

  • Comment number 23.

    I am proud of the African teams, that doesn't mean that I am happy with the results though. I think there is an important difference.

  • Comment number 24.

    We will need to wait till 2014 in Rio to be able to answer this question. Ghana is the only pride of Africa in South Africa 2010!

  • Comment number 25.

    One thing that came to mind while watching the 2010 World Cup was the coaches.All the former champs with the noticeable exception of England had their nationals as coaches:Brasil(Dunga) and Argentina (Maradona),Germany,Italy and Uragauy.Other top teams like Spain and Holland that made the final game have their nationals as coach.Why did African teams go for foriegners?Why could not a former super star like Abede Pele be given the chance to coach Ghana and impact his knowledge and experience?
    Until Africa have faith and confidence in its ability to do things by Africans we will always be the odd man out.

  • Comment number 26.

    As a Nigerian, there is nothing to be proud of. After wasting money on a foreign coach, Lars Lagerback, we ended up with the same results as we had under an indigenous coach, Adegoboye Onigbinde, in the 2002 world cup. In 2002 Nigeria's results in the group of death with Argentina, Sweden and England was 0-1, 1-2 and 0-0. In 2010 the results against a less formidable group of Argentina, Greece and South Korea was 0-1, 1-2 and 2-2. Onigbinde was paid $60,000 for taking Nigeria to the World Cup; Lagerback was paid an incredible $300,000 a month. It shows how utterly incompetent the people running football in Nigeria are; a generation of dimwits who believe that foreign/European means excellence.

    And that is why I am not proud of Nigeria. If we had fielded committed home-based players coached by an indigenous coach and had posted the same results, then I would definitely have been proud of my country's performance.

  • Comment number 27.

    I am not generally proud of the African teams but proud of the GHANIAN team who showed very good potentials and that sustained planning and preparation are the key. The fact that the games are being played on the continent does not serve as any advantage minus sound programs and support.

  • Comment number 28.

    Very, Very, Very proud. The African teams are fledglings and individuals may not used to playing together, regardless of whether they play well in their separate European teams. Besides, blending the European game with the African game is a skill in development, a work in progress and some African teams are getting there.

    For years I've watched the USA develop painfully slowly and now they are maturing. We did better than them in this world cup!

    Think about it. Germany slaughtered England; scoring four goals. How many did they score against Ghana? England did not make it to the quarter finals, Ghana did. Out of 32 teams they made the last eight. Come on, isnt that something to be proud of?

    What is more, in the quarter final Ghana didnt just hold their own and go out fighting a gallant battle. This by itself would have made me proud, NO they WON their last game, PROVED they could EARN a semi final place; the ball was going IN, it was going to be a definite goal, then a Uruguayan who doesnt deserve to have his name mentioned, deliberately cheated. Stopped a 100% guaranteed winning goal with his HAND. The rest is sad history but says nothing about the standard of the Black Stars team.

    We did better than 28 other teams and lost on a technicality. How can we not be proud. I am not even Ghanaian but as an African I'm proud of them and wish we will support them to greater and better things.

    In the words of the World Cup anthems:

    "When I get older I will be stronger"

    ".......and I will be the one who will climb up the mountain
    Reaching for the top of our African days......"

    Sing Sing Africa

  • Comment number 29.

    I am extremely proud of all the Africans teams that participated in this tournament. I think that the continent has major potential in its players that has barely been tapped. The fact that the Ghanain team made it to the top 16 and beat the US--a power house team--speaks volumes. All of these other teams have major resources to allocate on sports and the sad truth is that Africa has other things to worry about. BUT all African players played their hearts out and made us proud, what more can we ask of them? We cannot have unreal expectations of them, to beat teams that have been winning championships for decades. All we can do is stand behind them, the victories will follow.

  • Comment number 30.

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    Since I am not from Africa--But, I am very proud of the teams in Africa...


  • Comment number 31.

    FIFA is really a very queer organisation :how can Blatter keep a blind eye on the act of theft of Uruguay against GHana :International Footbusiness HAS TO STOP.I am proud of the achievements of Ghana ,the best team of the whole turnament.Were it not for the Uruguan robbery Ghana would have shown to Senegal ,Cameroun ,Nigeria ,South Africa ,african teams how to beat european and american teams and win a world cup just as Ghana did with the under 20s.

  • Comment number 32.

    I'm not happy with the poor performances of the Nigerian and other African teams, except Ghana. Ghana tried to restore Africa's soccer glory, but again poor officiation killed that effort. Africa had no reason whatsever for such poor performaces in this concluded world soccer competition. Our teams had everything to their advantage; weather, enviroment and support. We lost this golden opportunity and I'm sure that it will be long before such beautiful opportunity comes again.

  • Comment number 33.

    African soccer administrators do little to develop players. The great African players are discovered and developed by European clubs and good African national teams are those lucky to benefit from the European clubs.

  • Comment number 34.

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  • Comment number 35.

    Who is not proud of the indomitable of lions of Cmeroon? They brought glory to African football, forcing FIFA to increase the number of participating countries from the continet to world cup finals, after a brilliant performance in 1990 championship. Unfortunately, this pride is dieing bacause the corrupt CPDM regime is using the teams support for political gains.And now their performance is a disgrace to football loveres. They drew with senegal last sunday, compromising our chances of qualifying.This is the effect of dirty politics in sport


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