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Only Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire will make last 16 - Venables

Posted On Monday, 9th December 2013
Terry Venables

Terry Venables

By Aristo Dotse, London

Former England manager Terry Venables says only Ghana and Ivory Coast out of the five African teams at Brazil 2014 World Cup finals will advance from the Group stage.

Giving his verdict on the 32 teams following the 2014 World Cup draw last Friday, the 70-year-old who is now working as a media pundit in England tipped the Ivorian Elephants to join Ghana’s Black Stars this time in making the second round, leaving the other three teams – Cameroon, Nigeria and Algeria – to exit at the group stage.

“Ghana sealed a place in their third successive finals with an impressive play-off win over Egypt. Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari and Kelvin-Prince Boateng give them plenty of experience in the middle and this will propel them to the last 16,” said the man who led England to the semi-finals of the 1996 European Championships.

He added:” Cote d’Ivoire boast some of the best players in Africa with Didier Drogba, Kalou and Yaya Toure, but have never made it past the group stage. They will be confident of progress though this time to the last 16.”

Venables, who tips Ghana and Germany to go through in Group G and Cote D’Ivoire and Colombia to make it from Group C, is however not sure of progress for the likes of Cameroon (in Group A with Brazil, Croatia and Mexico), Nigeria (in Group F with Argentina, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iran) and Algeria in (Group H with Belgium, Russia and South Korea).

He observed:”In their seventh finals, The Indomitable Lions have familiar players in Eto’o, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Song. But they need to be in top form though to avoid an early exit from the group stage – which is most likely.”

On Nigeria, he said, ?The Super Eagles are still on a high after winning the African Nations Cup and going undefeated in qualifying – then beating Ethiopia in a play-off. However, prediction for them is last 16.”

“Algeria held England to a 0-0 draw at the last World Cup in South Africa and qualified here by beating Burkina-Faso in a play-off. But I don’t see them reaching the knock-out rounds.”

The five African teams at Brazil 2014 are the same, plus host South Africa, which represented Africa in the last World Cup at South Africa 2010, with Ghana the only side that progressed from the group stage and went on to reach the quarter-finals, only missing the semi-finals by a whisker to Uruguay.

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READERS COMMENTS

  1. Assisi says:

    I totally disagree with Venables with the fact that all the three teams have more chance of qualifying than Ghana because they’ve got ‘not so strong’ teams like Ghana. On another note, I still do believe Ghana would progress based on experience of our players but Venables should not disregard the other African teams. All can infact qualify to the next round.

    • Assisi says:

      I totally disagree with Venables with the fact that all the three teams have more chance of qualifying than Ghana and Ivory Coast because they’ve got ‘weaker opponents’ than Ghana. On another note, I still do believe Ghana would progress based on experience of our players but Venables should not disregard the other African teams. All can infact qualify to the next round.

  2. Olu of 9ja says:

    That is his opinion. Football is a game of 11 vs 11 and there would be surprises!

    Every1 is entitle to his or her opinion, because its free. The same thing was said of the AFCON 2013.
    Cote D’Ivoire was rated higher than any team on earth, and what was the result?
    In fact i love the underdog tag.
    Best wishes to all African teams.

  3. kuukuphilly says:

    I think 9ja can come out of their group.

  4. iantwii says:

    The man is right. People don’t know that Ghana has as good a team as Germany, if not better. Portugal only has Ronaldo. No way Portugal can beat Ghana. It is definitely Ghana and Germany in Group G (GGGG).

  5. Boro says:

    WORDS OF CAUTION TO AKWASI APPIAH
    Finally, the ball is in our court and I think, I agree with AA when he said it all boils down to preparation. What I will like to add though is commitment, stamina, prevention of naivety (concentration at all time) and our technical bench.
    PREPARATION
    Physical
    I think we need to prepare well physically to give us the stamina we need. The members of the BS team should on individual basis begin to work on their stamina so that they can go all out during the tournament should they be selected. The Ghanaian players to avoid any lackadaisical attitudes in each of the 90 minutes they will play.
    Psychology
    Players of the BS team should begin to put it in their minds that they are going out there to win each and every match no matter the pedigree of the opposing teams. I mean “the can do spirit”. The Ghanaian psychologist needs to begin working on the team right now!!!
    TECHNICAL BENCH
    Possible Oppositions
    First of all, with the draws out I think the video analyst should begin to look out for the shortfalls of all the teams we have been paired with and AA work out good strategies to map out these teams like he did to Egypt. He must choose teams with similar strategies for our international friendly games and try these strategies base on the strong and weaknesses of these teams to see how those strategies will work. Going forwards AA should know that there is possibility that the teams we are going to meet might be able to either passes the ball than us or try to catch us on swift counter attacks or surprise us with long passes. There can also be a situation where opposing teams might try to get set pieces in dangerous positions or even cause numerical disadvantage. In the mist of all these in AA’s mind how is he going to map out a strategy to avoid all these problems? For instance, in the return match against Egypt his strategy of swift counter attack did not work well. Although we got a consolation goal through that in the dying minute of the match, I think that strategy was not well executed. How is he going to correct that?
    Concentration
    If I am to remind AA of the 2006 world cup in Germany, we lost to Brazil by three goals. In that match we had more possession of the ball than the Brazilians however; it only took two piercing passes from Ronaldinho which caught our defense flat and sleeping. In fact, such passes threatened our defense throughout that game. How is AA going to prevent such technical disability from happening to this team?
    Lessons learned?
    In our match against Egypt in Kumasi although we won that match 6-1 against Egypt, AA made a basic mistake which when made in the world cup could cause us a red card and therefore numerical disadvantage. This is the foul committed by Rashid Sumaila which caused us the penalty. In the first place I think it was a red card offense and when he escaped what AA should have done was to substitute him. In the big stage like the world cup what the opposing team will do is always try to attack through him to commit another bookable offence. Had RS attracted the red card could BS have won by that margin?
    I must also state that the continuing turning of one of the most skillful players in the team into a defender in the person of Kwadwo Asamoah is not helping the team. He should rather find a player who can do his work at the left back position well to free KA rather than the current approach.
    Ghana’s Group
    With our group for this coming 2014 world cup, I think it is a good group for us, if we really want to go farther than the previous world cups. Unless, we are just there to add to the numbers because it is the toughest of all the groups and if we are able to sail through in this group “Isha Allah” we can be sure of reaching the semis and then to the final. After all, as the saying goes “one need to be better than good in order to compete with the best of the world”
    Wish you well AA.

  6. dzeko says:

    GSN, the man said that Nigeria will make last 16 too.

  7. morris(the nigerian) says:

    Oh there he goes…come on mr Terry Venables rather than stick your old red nose in our(african)teams,I’d rather you prayed england manages to pick a point in their own group with your thoroughly over-hyped flops..I just can’t get why these pathetic morons won’t leave african teams alone and focus on theirs..are they looking down on us africans or what? I can still remember chile playing england off the park at wembley and winning handsomely and also germany beat england at wembley with a third string side..so who the hell is he to talk on african teams chances? Take your advice Terry and be more concerned about how the three lambs would be put on a slab and slaughtered at the world cup..or are they called the three lions? One would never know with how trashy their football looks

  8. lagos boy says:

    Its Only Nigeria and Ivory Cost that will progress to the next round, mark my words. Ghana will not and never beat Germany or Portugal at this level.

  9. Dr. Zomito says:

    We wait and see lagos boy….





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