World Cup: British analysts tip Nigeria, Ghana as Africa’s favourites




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–  Football analysts in the UK on Tuesday rated ’s and the Black Stars of as Africa’s favourite teams for the World Cup.
, , Cameroon, Algeria and Cote D’Ivoire are the five teams representing the continent.
The rating came as , Stephen , released the list of 23- squad that would be paraded in  the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Some of the analysts told the Europe Correspondent of the News Agency of (NAN) that both teams had entrenched professionalism in their patterns of play.
According to them, this has made the two teams emerging as strong contenders in the recent time.
They said that even though the teams did have many international star players, their recent performances would likely see them through the quarter final stage which the continent had never surpassed.
Mr Adams, a sports enthusiast, said “ African country has ever progressed beyond the quarter finals in World Cup, even though tried in 2010 but hopefully this time around they would (surpass it)”.
“I see Nigeria, Africa’s champions going very far, Ghana as well,” Adams said.
Similarly, Mr Raymond Akpe said “Brazil 2014 spring surprises, but thing I have envisioned is Nigeria barriers and wining the quarter finals”.
has exceptionally done well in repositioning the team; you can see from their friendly with Italy and Scotland that they are ,” Akpe said.
Also, Mr Ekpat Sunday expressed the hope that both teams would win their first round but called for more commitment on the part of players to move to other rounds.
Sunday said that Cote D’Ivoire, Cameroon and Algeria were equally strong as well and they also would “impress us”.
The football enthusiast, who lauded ’s selection of players especially the inclusion of Osaze Odemwingi, however, expressed disappointment at the exclusion of 2013 Nation’s Cup hero, Sunday Mba. (NAN)