African hopes slowly grow­ing at World Cup

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It looked like the same sad old story at the World Cup for Africa, the con­ti­nent which still hasn’t quite done it on the big stage.

Africa has never had a semi­fi­nal­ist — never mind a real con­tender for the ti­tle — and ini­tially ap­peared out of its depth again at the start in Brazil.

Cameroon was ter­ri­ble in the first round of matches, African cham­pion Nigeria couldn’t even beat Iran and Ghana lost to the United States. Af­ter some early prom­ise, Al­ge­ria was over­run by Bel­gium, play­ing up to the foot­ball stereo­type that African teams can be ex­cit­ing but also care­less and naive.

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