African hopes slowly growing at World Cup
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.