Saturday, 16 January 2010

Saturday 16 January 2010 – 146 DAYS TO THE WORLD CUP

I’m heading up to Manchester today to visit with friends for the weekend so as a result this will probably result in a disruption in service for this blog. While in Manchester I will endeavour to gauge a vibe towards how the city’s two teams will influence the World Cup come June with all its international stars gearing up for action. That said I’ll probably just get drunk and maybe watch some football on TV, maybe play some FIFA 2010 on the Xbox as being promised.

In Africa though today sees the second set out of matches in Group C where the holders Egypt are proving an exciting proposition with some suggestion that they may prove capable of winning their third African Cup Of Nations in a row. Their somewhat surprising 3-1 defeat of Nigeria came as a real warning to the seemingly most capable teams in the form of the World Cup qualifiers. Their opponents today are Mozambique who are being pointed out for having perhaps the largest goalkeeper of the competition.

The other game sees Nigeria trying to start again as they take on Benin in a match that they should really win relatively easily as they risk an unexpected early elimination.

Yesterday the expected match of the group round occurred as the Ivory Coast went head to head with Ghana and saw the slightly more favoured Ivory Coast running out 3-1 victors. In an eventful game the Ivory Coast took the lead after 23 minutes with Gervinho doing the honours. The second half saw Eboue sent off after ten minutes but Ghana could not take advantage of having an extra man as Tiene added a second the 66th minute. Drogba got off the mark in this competition on full time as Ghana added a consolation three minutes into injury from Gyan by way of a penalty. It would appear that the Ivory Coast as expected have finally arrived.

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