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World Cup 2010 - Should Africa Be Allowed 5 Teams In 2014?

6 teams represented Africa in 2010 World Cup

3 had no point at all.

Only 1 made it to the rounds of 16.

So why the waste of space in the world cup, if they cant perform?

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olakintanj said:

Please just shut up. You are brain dead.

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Eastbay said:

People like you make me wonder if it is true that Africans are really extremely DUMB.

Africans are their own worst enemies.

You come to an African forum and people are canvassing for a REDUCTION in WC slots for the continent.

I really don't know what to say.

Did it ever occur to any of you cretins that NONE of the African countries is SEEDED hence their having to play teams like Brazil, Argentina, and Germany in the first round?

This definitely makes it more difficult for African nations to progress through to the knockout stages. ENGLAND for instance was SEEDED. They got to play teams like Slovenia, USA, Algeria.

Even there they struggled.

Italy, another seeded nation, were wretched even with the advantages they had similar to England. France same thing.

If Nigeria, Ivory Coast were seeded, they would CRUISE into the knockout stages.

One more thing: The poll question should read ''How many slots should Africa be allotted?'', NOT the restrictive question asked.

By right, Africa, with 57 countries should have FAR MORE than 5 slots, considering Europe, with 45 countries, has 14. And South America, with 12 countries, has 7 representatives. The injustice in this arrangement is stunning.

With more slots, other African powers like Senegal, Egypt, Angola, Mozambique, and Morocco would be represented and would help give the continent a greater chance of its nations advancing to the later stages.

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if you ask for my candid opinion, i will say Africa should be reduce to 3Team, can't you see their performance in this year tournament

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Infact,d whole thing tie me my dear

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Only one team can win the world cup all the other participants are more or less on a par as looser.

Already, USA, Nigeria, Brazil and England fade from the memory.

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If Swaziland or Fiji qualifies

increasing the ratio of teams per region  so that representation is fairer dose not mean every team  in the world will qualify. Making representation fairer can also mean limiting the number of teams from Europe

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Whats exagerration there? Didnt Togo and Angola qualify for the last and didnt win one single game? despite that we have just 5 slots, Now with 12 slots we would see Mozambique, Burkina, Uganda etc.

WHo would watch a game between Uganda and Fiji?

Or a game between Swaziland and Sri lanka

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They might but the best teams would win the cup. I mean we're exaggerating here, but even so its more fare and natural than what we have now.

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If Africa is to provide 12 teams, when wont the likes of Togo, lesotho and Mozambique get in?

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Regional qualifiers would weed out the Somalias of this world, if they're undeserving, but yeah, as you state,within reason why not.

The idea that Africa and Asia most meet some criteria prescribed by the western powers seems artificial. In any case, finally, the world cup itself would sort out the men from the boys. Who knows, even in the unlikely case, the way nowadays there are few easy teams,   a 20- 0 scoreline, might be farcical but entertaining.

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^^ You mean since Africa and Asia have more countries they should bring more to the world cup so we can have

Somalia, Burundi, Mauritius, Lesotho, Mauritania, Nigeria, Ghana. Cameroun, CIV, Cape verde, EGypt

Asia: India, China, Srilanka, Korea, japan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Iraq

South America has few countries and they should bring just 2 countries.

And Europe 4 countries

Would you watch that kain world cup??

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Places in the WC shouldn't be allocated on the bases of performance, i don't mean regional qualifiers. Places should be allocated on ratio  based on the number of nations in a particular geographic region.     

The way it works now is terribly degrading, i'm surprised no one notices this.

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Africa certainly hasn't made any progress since slots were increased.

There certainly isn't any justification to maintain the present allocation apart from global diversity (whatever that means).

If we can' do better than what Ghana has done while hosting the World Cup,we certainly don't deserve 5 slots in 2014.

South America is definitely up for one extra slot at the very least.

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Korea is the only Asian team to get passed the round of 16. Africa has had 3 Cameroon Senegal and Ghana

Your argument is absurd. Mexico couldn't even beat Africa's worst team at the world cup. South Africa dominated that game.

If USA were in a group with Ivory Coast Nigeria or Ghana instead of Algeria The USA won't advance out of that group. Example: In 2006 Ghana were in USA's group. Guess who advanced out of that group. Italy and Ghana. USA finished last.

Cameroon made it to the quarterfinals in 1990.

Nigeria had a top 5 team in 1994. That Nigeria team murdered teams that world cup. People thought Nigeria will go far in the tournament. That can't be said about any team in Asian's history. Nigeria lost 2-1 to eventual runners up Italy. Nigeria was up 1-0 for 90 minutes that game.

1n 1998 Nigeria upset a tournament favorite Spain 3-2 and won their group

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Take out 2 CAF slots and hand it over to Oceania & AFC. . . .

Back in the days of 3 teams, we were always assured that we were represented by the very best of Africa - check out 2006, how d f.cu.k did Togo & Angola scrape thru!!?

Fewer slots mean teams that qualify have earned their bit by playing some of the big names in African football; not just one, twice. . . . but like five or six!

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After FIFA expanded it to 24 teams Korea made it to semi finals

Beside Ghana and Senegal which African team has done anything noteworthy?

I thought USA beat Algeria an African team and South Africa couldn't even beat Mexico despite home advantage

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How many times has an AFC team made it to the quarterfinals after FIFA expanded the world cup to 24 teams?

Besides the US and Mexico what other good teams are in CONCACAF?

USA couldnt even beat a Ghana team filled with teenagers

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CONCACAF does that include Mexico and USA

USA reached the quarters in 2002, While Mexico always make it to knockout stage

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AFC = World cup semi finals

CAF = World cup quarter finals (As at today)

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CAF <<<< UEFA

CAF <<< CONMEBOL

CAF > AFC

CAF >> CONCACAF

CAF >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> OFC

This is how it is whether you like it or not. The people who are talking about giving Africa only 2 spots need to shut up.

CONCACAF AFC and OFC has not done anything special in the world cup

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And what about at the UN, why not only developed nations as members? Even in the Islamic Conference, only nations who ban their people/Senators from marrying 13 year olds (like Egypt) should be members abi?

2 spots or 12 spots na same thing, as long as corruption and unpatriotic officials and players are allowed to represent us, the results will be the same.

In every world cup there are teams that dont do well, and sometimes they can all come from the same region. Yet, in some world cups, you actually get great performances from countries that are from the same region. So reducing the number doesnt solve our problems people.

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I think we really need 2 African teams in the world cup. . .

It's for our own good cause the more people Africans perform in the world cup, the embarassment would be bigger.

I hope FIFA consider it.

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Africa should have 2 leagues in which the top two on each league qualifies. 5 teams is frankly too much. it wud have been much worse if serbia were more composed now Ghana is in on a weak side of the draw feelin like top doggs. by the way is africa a newly created continent y all d petting?

DAYOKANU's points are hard to swallow but are true.

Note that Asia dosent claim to be loaded with talent the way africa does and still manage to pull their weight

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^^ Great point , But that is if Europeans keep performing woefully like Africans.

Last world cup 4 European counties made the semis.

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i also think the european slots should be cut down by one or two and handed to south america again, they are the most consistent performers in the tourney

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Why didnt the high number of entrants favour the Europeans over the South Americans?

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Asia 0 out of 4 = 0% success

My point proven

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you dont seem to understand urself. i mean with their high entries, there is a higher probability of them qualifying from their group and playing each other wen compared to other regions, which guarantees dem a place in d quater finals. Two of d 3 qualifiers played other european teams to qualify 4 d quater finals.

Using only percentage to judge at the quater final stage is simply not a fair assessment of performance becos 9 out of 10 times, it would favour european teams.

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I am not sure you know how percentages work. The number of entrants does not factor in when we are talking about percentages

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Quarter finals

Africa 1 out of 6 = 16.6% success

Europe 3 out of 13 = 23% success

South America = 4 out of 5 80% success

You are only looking at one statistic figure. wat about the prob of qualifying from the groups. Europe had 2 teams in majority of d groups, and therefore had a higher prob of qualifying and facing each other in the next round, which in turn guarantees dem a place in d quater finals.

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Quarter finals

Africa 1 out of 6 = 16.6% success

Europe 3 out of 13 =  23% success

South America 4 out of 5 = 80% success

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This topic does not make sense at all. From wat have seen from dis world cup, Europe slot should be reduced and given to Africa and Asia. The quater final is made up of one Africa, 4 S.A , and 3 european teams. The europeans had the highest entries and they messed up big time. North American and Asian teams alway find it difficult to play African teams.

African teams did not perform well, but i believe that many of the African teams would have qualified 4 dis world cup if they played in european qualifiers

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Africa will always be africa even though it is increased to 8 teams

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D AUTHOR OF DIS THREADS BRAIN NEEDS TO BE EXAMINED.

HABA WE NEED 8 SLOTS

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-----  Number of slots

2010 Africa 6 Asia 4

2006 Africa 5 Asia 5

2002 Africa 5 Asia 4

1998 Africa 5 Asia 4

1994 Africa 3 Asia 2

1990 Africa 2 Asia 2

1986 Africa 2 Asia 2

Total Africa 28 Asia 23

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Why is this even being asked? Why should AFRICA have slots taken away?

In the last eight, we have one African team, 3 Europeans and 4 south american teams. If we want to be silly enough to judge just based on performance in WC2010 quarter final

Europe is at 23% (3/13)

Africa is at 25% (1/5)

If any continent needs reduction that will be Europe based on performance in this world cup. Why give slots to Asia? What have they played in this WC that is better than the Africans? The Trashing both South Korea and North Korea got is what will earn them a slot? At least no African team gut trashed in this WC. Sometimes we make our problems bigger to the world than it is.

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What representation can be fairer than this when African countries keep embarrasing themselves at the world cup

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Australia represented Oceania in 2006 not Asia

In 2006 no Asian teams made it to the Round of 16. In 1998 no teams made it. In 1990 no teams made it.

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You make it seem like Africa have been receiving 5 spots since the begining of time. They just started since 1998. Asia gets 4 spots but they cant do anything in the world cup besides Korea in 2002.

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^^ Copied from wikipedia

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Australia was not part of Asia in 2006

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Egypt has been playing the world cup as far back as 1934 Hope you remember

Nigeria woulda beaten Greece? You came to that conclusion in the first 30 minutes? If you use Kaita as an excuse I can also tell you that the scoreline vs Argentina was low because of Enyeamas heroics

WHy put a time frame to it, How many African teams have ever played the knockout vs How many Asian teams have ever played the knockout. from world cup inception

Africa cant be more than 7,

While I know North Korea in 1966, Saudi in 1994, Japan and Korea in 2002, Japan and Korea again in 2010, Australia in 2006 which is also 7

Despite Africa having the numerical advantage in number of participants.

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One slot for Africa is OK by me.

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Don't you know that Greece sucks. Nigeria would have beat Greece if Kaita wasn't dumb. Nigeria was in control of the game until that point. Argentina beat South Korea 4-1 while Nigeria only lost by 1. But you ignore that fact.

Only 6 Asian teams has ever made it to the second round since 1966

6 African teams have made it to the second round since 1990.

Asia has had a longer history in the world cup than Africa.

If Ghana makes it to the Semifinals will you shut up?

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what does that have to do with sports?

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Despite that Africa has always had a larger representation than Asia we have never played the semi finals once

I love the brand of football Korea plays Did you watch them against Greece? Now compare our SUper Eagles to them.

2 out of 4 Asian teams made it from the groups.

1 out of 6 African teams made it from the groups. In a tournament held on African soil and with homefield and fan advantage

Do the Maths

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^^Do you love watching crap Asian teams for some reason?

Besides South Korea in 2002. No Asian team has ever passed the round of 16 after FIFA expanded the world cup to 24 teams?

Infact how many Asian teams have even made it to the second round?

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FYI, Bolivia beat Argentina 6-1 in qualifiers

So wetin concern anybody if na Kaita wreck Naija football, vs Korea we needed a win we couldnt get it.

What do you mean by this? When they have 2 teams in second round.

So what does this count for? Pele never played in Europe a lot of those Paraguayan and Chilean players dont even play in Europe yet they made it from their group. Even South Africa had a lot of players who dont play in Europe and they performed better than Nigeria with 100% European based footballers.

Japan got to the second round in 2002, Korea got to the semi finals. Home field? Didnt South Africa have home field advantage?

You know South Africa was the first host to be knocked out of first round in World cup History? Another Shame!!!

The world record of 9-0 stil belongs to Africa, Have you forgotten Russia beating Cameroun 6-0 in USA 1994?

Korea beat Spain, Portugal and Italy in 2002 even North Korea once beat Italy in the world cup

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FIFA should reduce our slot yet. They should give us 1 more chance. Instead players like Yak & Kaita should be expelled from their National team

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