The 3rd African nation is heading home after a bad campaign in the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup. Algeria held a lot of hopes after drawing with England 0-0. Ghana still represents.
Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Ghana held the highest hopes of Africa before the tournament began. Ghana have not score in open play. Nigeria are going home without anything to show. Ivory Coast need a big miracle. They need a trillion goals against Korea DPR who play with great tenacity.
Africa is represented by North African countries, except for hosts, South Africa. Is it North Africa is superior? Is it the corrupt reputation of these former French colonies? Why the difference?
Generally,countries from the North and West have enjoyed more success than those from the South and East. The only southern countries to achieve anything are South Africa who won the 1996 Africa Nations Cup they hosted. Zambia lost in the finals in Tunisia a couple of years prior. Only Angola and South Africa have been to the World Cups.
The domination of North Africa in football is not limited to nations. Club football shows the same trend. Africa Champions League and its predecessor tourneys have been a domain for Arabic clubs from the north, namely Egypt, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, as well as teams from the west; Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and the Ivory Coast.
People will recall Zamalek, Ali Ahly, Esperance, Jets, Rajah Casablanca, Canon Yaounde, Asante Kotoko, Hearts of Oak, Enyiemba Stars, ASEC Abidjan and Julius Berger among others. Zambia once had the mighty Power Dynamos and faded Kabwe Warriors. Angola had a few that came and went, so did the delapitated Goh Mahia of Kenya that were part of a strong political connection during the days the national team, the Harambee Stars did well.
The supremacy descends to players as well. Player of the Year awards have been exclusively a northern affair. George Weah, Abedi Pele, Betrice Bocande, Yousuf Fofana, Rabah Majah, Roger Milla, Salif Keita, Jay Jay Okocha and in the south, again, Zambian Kalusha Bwalya, and for a change Bruce Grobelaar. Later there was Lucas Radebe, Shaun Bartlett and Peter Ndlovu.
The northern countries are usually poorer and less literate. What has football has to do with area, location or race?