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Second part of the World Cup Football 2010 Special.

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<ul><li><p>World Cup 2010 Supplement</p><p>SPONSORED BY </p><p>WORLD CUP 2010</p><p>INSIDE Team profiles Star players Best of British Fixtures Predictions</p><p>May 31 - June 6, 2010</p><p>SOUVENIR SPECIAL</p><p>Africa awaits...Africa awaits...</p></li><li><p>World Cup 2010 Supplement</p><p>GREAT EXPECTATIONSBy Rodney Hinds</p><p>THE STUNNING rise ofAfrican football reaches apeak on Friday, June 11.It is the day that South Africa</p><p>captain Aaron Mokoena leadshis team out against Mexico atSoccer City in Johannesburg.</p><p>While the match will havethe world's attention the signif-icance is in the fact that an</p><p>African nation is hosting thegreatest football show on earthfor the very first time.</p><p>There have been cynics anddoubters ever since SouthAfrica landed the big prize. Butdespite that and the constantreference to the African nation'sbackdrop of violence that sitsuncomfortably with some, theshow will go on.</p><p>African footballers havegrown in importance as eachyear has gone. Their growingstatus is now underpinned bythe fact that Africa now hostsarguably the greatest sportingoccasion on the planet.</p><p>I have no doubt that it will bea spectacle both on and off thefield.</p><p>The vuvuzela, the plastictrumpet native to South Africa,is set to take centre stage - andmake a lot of noise!</p><p>When the first match kicks</p><p>off the politicians and doommerchants will hopefully besilenced and it is over to theplayers.</p><p>It would help if the hostsenjoy an extended run. Theiropening group should hold nofears.</p><p>Mokoena, who enduredagony and ecstasy at club sidePortsmouth, has enough quali-ty in his team to overcome theMexicans, Uruguayans andageing French in the firstround.</p><p>Nigeria will look to get threepoints on the board as quicklyas possible, despite their openerbeing a match up against LionelMessi's Argentina.</p><p>If the Nigerians, who havehad a woeful World Cup build-up, can overcome Argentinafirst up they could build confi-dence and momentum.</p><p>Ghana did look to have agood case of being the best</p><p>African bet. However, the lossof talisman Michael Essien toinjury will cost them. UnknownSerbia, hardworking Australiaand experienced Germanystand in their way.</p><p>They will now need the likesof captain Stephen Appiah and</p><p>Champions League winnerSulley Muntari to be at theirbest. But they are in with ashout of reaching the round ofthe last 16, which could mean apossible clash with England.</p><p>Cameroon will doubtless relyon the goals and savvy ofSamuel Eto'o in Group E. Butover the years the Africanshave gone backwards so amajor effort will be required toget to the second phase with</p><p>group favourites, Netherlands.If the Ivory Coast can get</p><p>their act together early theyhave the talent to leave anindelible mark on the tourna-ment.</p><p>As ever there will be aweight of expectancy on cap-</p><p>tain and goal poacher DidierDrogba. But other experiencedplayers such as Chelsea teammate Saloman Kalou, Seville'sDidier Zokora and the Tourebrothers will need to be firing ifthey are to escape Group Gwhich also contains Portugaland Brazil, both of whom havethe ability to get to the businessend of the World Cup.</p><p>Sadly, Algeria will have theirwork cut out to get any Group</p><p>C points on the board.Brazil and Spain will start as</p><p>favourites come June 11 andfor obvious reasons.</p><p>Brazil are pass masters, withfive World Cup wins undertheir belt, while Spain have atlast got the monkey off theirback by being crownedEuropean champions in 2008.</p><p>They both have great playerswith big match experience andthat will be key in order toreach the final on July 11.</p><p>And of course there'sEngland, one of my tips to liftthe coveted prize even if it'sjust to rid ourselves of the blackand white images of the 1966triumph!</p><p>Make no mistake WayneRooney will be pivotal. If hecan find something like hisManchester United form andget support, yes, England cando it.</p><p>Other key players will becaptain Rio Ferdinand andwouldn't it be great if a blackcaptain lifted the prize forEngland in the Motherland?</p><p>The stylish contrtibution ofLedley King, in defence or mid-field, will be important as willthe contributions of FrankLampard and the muchmaligned Ashley Cole who dur-ing the tournament willbecome the most capped blackplayer for England.</p><p>Where England fall down,for me, is in goal and shouldRooney blow a gasket or suc-cumb to injury. </p><p>Get ready to sweat as footballfever takes over for the nextmonth. It will be dramatic,exciting and no doubt a mem-orable penalty shoot out or twowill be thrown in along theway.</p><p>While I have a hankering forEngland we would discountBrazil and Argentina at ourperil.</p><p>Football fever takesover for the next monthKINGSLEYS</p><p>SHIPPING SERVICESJAMAICAEASTERN CARIBBEAN</p><p>DOOR TO DOORSERVICES TO JAMAICA</p><p>14 DAYSERVICE TO KINGSTON</p><p>20-40FT CONTAINERS &amp; PART LOAD PROFESSIONAL WRAPPING &amp; PACKING </p><p> WE SHIP CARS, VANS, MOTORBIKES ETC. VERY COMPETITIVE RATES/WEEKLY SHIPMENTS</p><p>NEW SERVICESWeekly Collections in Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham</p><p>Agent: for Southwest / Northwest / Bristol England:07866 867 302 </p><p>FREE LOCKS FOR BARRELS Limited Period. 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The gifted Everton</p><p>player has quick feet and an evenquicker brain. If he is on song he is</p><p>likely to create a hatful of chancesfor the Bafana Bafana forwards.</p><p>Verdict: The tournament can only benefit</p><p>if the hosts can get to thebusiness end of the monthlong event. They should be</p><p>able to negotiate the opening phasebut then could possibly faceArgentina in the second round. They will need all of their support</p><p>if they come up against LionelMessi &amp; Co. Definitely in with achance of reaching the round of thelast sixteen.</p><p>ICONIC PLAYER: Lucas RadebeThe current SA side could do withthe likes of Radebe, a calm influ-ence on and off the field. Known asThe Chief, Radebe earned 70 inter-national caps between 1992 -2003.The centre-half's career took offafter he joined high-flying LeedsUnited in 1994. He was vital to thewest Yorkshire during their glorydays under manager David OLeary.</p><p>COACH: Carlos Alberto Parriera</p><p>RECORD GOALS: Benni McCarthy, 35</p><p>May 31 - June 6, 2010 | 25</p><p>STAR PLAYER: Steven Pienaar</p><p>Population: 49,320,000Capital: Pretoria</p><p>Route to World Cup: As hostsWorld Cup 2010 Group A fixtures</p><p>Mexico: 11 June, Johannesburg, 15.00Uraguay: 16 June, Pretoria, 19.30</p><p>France: 21 June, Bloemfontein, 15.00</p><p>NICKNAME:BafanaBafana</p><p>Best of BritishAaron Mokoena</p><p>(Portsmouth), Benni</p><p>McCarthy (West</p><p>Ham), Steven</p><p>Pienaar (Everton)</p><p>PROFILE:Rodney Hinds</p></li><li><p>26 | May 31 - June 6, 2010</p><p>World Cup 2010 Supplement</p><p>COACH: Paul Le Guen </p><p>ICONIC PLAYER: Roger Milla</p><p>A 42-year-old Milla scored against Russia in the 1994World Cup to become the tournaments oldest goalscorer aswell as oldest player. Remembered for celebrating his goalsby dancing next to the corner flag, the striker was pivotalto a Cameroon side that reached the quarter-finals of Italia'90.</p><p>RECORD GOALS: Samuel Eto'o, 42</p><p>COACH: Lars Lagerback </p><p>STAR PLAYER:Ikechukwu Ucheplays for Real Zaragoza in Spain. He wasthe highest scorer in the World Cup qualifiers with fourgoals in ten games. He has spent his entire career in Spainstarting with Recreativo. He has pace and is always awareof what is going on around him. He could be Nigeria's sur-prise package.</p><p>NIGERIA</p><p>CAMEROON</p><p>Population of Nigeria: Over 140 million</p><p>Capital City: Abuja.</p><p>Route to World Cup: CAF Group A winners</p><p>Route to World Cup : CAF Group B winners</p><p>World Cup 2010 Group E fixtures: Japan: 14 June, Bloemfontein, 15.00 Denmark: 19 June, Pretoria, 19.30 Holland: 24 June, Cape Town, 19.30</p><p>World Cup 2010 Group B fixtures:Argentina: 12 June, Johannesburg, 15.00 Greece: 17 June, Bloemfontein, 15.00 South Korea: 22 June, Durban,19.30</p><p>NICKNAME:Indomitable</p><p>Lions</p><p>NICKNAME: Super Eagles</p><p>ICONIC PLAYER &amp; RECORD GOALS:Rashidi YekiniRashidi Yekini is Nigeria's all time top scorerwith 37 goals in 70 games. His goals helpedNigeria to win the African Cup of Nations fora second time in 1994. He scored a remarkable90 goals for Vitoria Setubal of Portugal in 108games! A class act - how the current SuperEagles could do with his predatory instincts!</p><p>Verdict: The team is virtually the same as that selectedby Amodu Shaibu's - who was in charge ofNigeria's qualifying games. The defence is alot more disciplined, but I cannot see themprogressing past the second round. They willneed to make a good start against Argentina ifthey are to progress.</p><p>Best of BritishNwankwo Kanu, Joh</p><p>n Utaka</p><p>(both Portsmouth) Yakubu</p><p>Aiyegbeni, Joseph Yobo, Victor</p><p>Anichebe (all Everton), Seyi</p><p>Olofinjana (Hull), Dickson</p><p>Etuhu (Fulham), Danny Shittu</p><p>(Bolton) and Mikel Obi</p><p>(Chelsea)</p><p>Best of BritishSebastien Bassong,</p><p>Benoit Assou Ekotto (both</p><p>Tottenham), Alexandre Song</p><p>(Arsenal) and </p><p>Landry Nguemo </p><p>(Celtic)</p><p>STAR PLAYER: IdrissCarlos KameniArguably the best blackgoalkeeper in the world,Kameni has been theIndomitable Lions first-choice shot-stopper sincehe was a teenager. Now aseasoned La Liga veteranfor Espanyol, the 26-year-old will literallyhave his hands full tryingto prevent goals leakingthrough Cameroon'sfragile defence. He is bigand brave and if he is onsong he could help hiscountry to the secondround at least. His expe-rience will be crucial.</p><p>Verdict: Cameroon struggled in qualifying until the arrival of formerRangers manager Paul Le Guen. Escaping from Group E is notimpossible, but it will not be easy. Expect Holland to comfortablytop Group E - should they play to their potential - with Denmarkand Cameroon battling for second place. Beyond that a secondround elimination looks likely for a team that have an overreliance on Etoos goals and experience.</p><p>Population: 19,088,385Capital City: Yaounde</p><p>PROFILE:Ben Lettman</p><p>PROFILE:Ayo Odumade</p></li><li><p>May 31 - June 6, 2010 | 27</p><p>World Cup 2010 Supplement</p><p>RODNEY HINDSWinners: EnglandPlayer to watch: Felipe Melo (Brazil)Golden Boot: WayneRooney (England)Surprise package: Ivory Coast</p><p>KARYN BASCOMBEWinners: BrazilPlayer to watch: WilsonPalacios (Honduras)Golden Boot: David Villa(Spain)Surprise package: England</p><p>JOHN PORTCHWinners: BrazilPlayer to watch:Lionel Messi (Argentina)Golden Boot: Luis Fabiano (Brazil)Surprise package: Serbia</p><p>BEN LETTMANWinners: SpainPlayer to watch: Nigel DeJong (Holland)Golden Boot: David Villa (Spain)Surprise package: Ghana</p><p>AYO ODUMADEWinners: BrazilPlayer to watch: DidierDrogba (Ivory Coast)Golden Boot: Luis Fabiano(Brazil)Surprise package: Holland</p><p>JOEL CAMPBELLWinners: SpainPlayer to watch: Ronaldo (Portugal)Golden Boot: Wayn Rooney (England)Surprise package: Holland</p><p>THE EXPERTS GIVE THEIR VIEW</p><p>The Voice of Sport team give their opinions on justwhat might happen in South Africa over the next</p><p>month.</p><p>IT COULD BE VERY:Messi of Argentina</p><p>IN WITH A SHOUT:Spains Villa</p></li><li><p>SOUTH AFRICAWORLD CUP 2010</p></li><li><p>May 31 - June 6, 2010 | 29</p><p>World Cup 2010 Supplement</p><p>GHANARoute to the World Cup: CAF Group D winners</p><p>I've got a funny feelingwe may be talking moreabout the goalkeeperthan anything else espe-cially as he is set tohang up his gloves atthe end of the tourna-ment! But because noone wants to hear aboutthe goalie (sad but true)the one to watch is mostlikely to be KwadwoAsamoah. After his firstfull season in Serie A,following many sensa-tional performances forUdinese, he has beenlinked with Juventusand his valuation hasbeen set at 30 millioneuros by Udinese.</p><p>ICONIC PLAYER &amp; RECORD GOALS:Abedi PeleAbedi Pele will forever be one of the most cel-ebrated Ghanaian players to don the BlackStars shirt. African Footballer of the Yearthree years on the spin from 1991, Pele gracedthe Italian, German and French leagues scor-ing a hatful of goals in each. He scored scored33 goals in 67 appearances for Ghana. Theterm legend is often used in football; Abedi iscertainly worthy of the word.</p><p>Verdict: Ghana have a good team but I fear defending maybewhere they let themselves down. The loss of key manMichael Essien is massive. Concentration is one of thebiggest assets a team can have come World Cup time,you can lose the game in a moment. Looking at theirdefenders, I'm not filled with the greatest hope thatthey can keep the more organized teams at bay. </p><p>COACH: Milovan Rajevac </p><p>STAR PLAYER: Kwadwo Asamoah</p><p>Population: 18,412,247Capital: Accra</p><p>World Cup 2010 Group D fixtures: Serbia: June 13, Pretoria, 15.00</p><p>Australia: June 19, Rustenberg, 15.00Germany: June 23, Johannesburg, 19.30</p><p>NICKNAME:Black Stars</p><p>Best of BritishMichael Essien</p><p>(Chelsea), Richard</p><p>Kingson (Wigan), Kevin</p><p>Prince-Boateng</p><p>(Portsmouth), John</p><p>Pantsil (Fulham), John</p><p>Mensah (Sunderland)</p><p>PROFILE:Joel Campbell</p></li><li><p>30 | May 31 - June 6, 2010</p><p>World Cup 2010 Supplement</p><p>Rooney has the touchand awareness tochange a game with amoment of brilliance.Comfortable as bothmarksman and provider,the 24-year-old hasblossomed into thecomplete front man.England's aspirationsweigh heavily on hisshoulders and Capellomust hope Rooney cancomplete his first fully-fit major tournament.But injury blighted theend of his 2009-10campaign and all ofEngland hope that hehas fully recovered.</p><p>ICONIC PLAYER: Bobby Moore England's only World Cup-winning captain earned 108 capsand lead England to 1966 glory at only 24. The West Ham cen-tre-back cemented his reputation as an adroit reader of thegame when he cleanly dispossessed the galloping Jairzinhowhen England met Brazil at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.</p><p>Verdict: Doubts remain about England's ability to stringtogether victories over the bigger nations, but if theywin Group C they are likely to avoid the big boysuntil the semi-finals. Progress to the last four is byno means a given but it is a serious aim for Capello'smen.</p><p>COACH: Fabio Capello </p><p>COACH: Dunga</p><p>STAR PLAYER:Wayne Rooney </p><p>Population: 51.5 millionCapital: London</p><p>World Cup 2010 Group C fixturesUSA, 12 June, Rustenberg, 19.30</p><p>Algeria, 18 June, Cape Town, 19.30Slovenia, 23 June, Port Elizabeth, 15.00</p><p>NICKNAME: Three Lions</p><p>RECORD GOALS: Bobby Charlton, 49 </p><p>By Karyn Bascombe</p><p>SOUTH AFRICA is readyfor the influx of theworld's media and lastmonth BBC Sport announcedits squad who will provideextensive coverage of the2010 World Cup across TV,radio and online.</p><p>The Lip...</p></li></ul>