England manager Hodgson predicts African nations like Ghana or Nigeria can win 2014 World Cup

England manager Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson thinks an African nation like Ghana or Nigeria have more chance of winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup than the traditional heavyweights from Europe due to climate similarities in Brazil.

Writing in the programme notes for the friendly game between Italy and Fulham that is due to take place at his former club Fulham next week, he said: “I think (African teams) may have a stronger chance than any of the European teams, to be perfectly honest, because of the climate.”

No African team has ever made it to the semi-finals of a World Cup, but Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal have all reached the quarter-finals and Hodgson believes the continent’s leading sides are equipped to make an impact at world football’s showpiece event.

“There are many African players out there of excellent quality now,” he added.

“They play in the top European leagues and that makes the African nations very strong. Nigeria have traditionally been one of the strongest, with some famous names in their team.

“Whoever is at the game on Monday night will see two very good teams and it will be an exciting outcome. Who knows, we may even see a little pointer for how things will go in Brazil.”

Reigning African champions Nigeria and their sworn rivals Ghana are touted as Africa’s biggest hopes at the global piece in the South American country.

The two super African soccer nations are within touching distance of qualifying to the World Cup following their impressive outings from the first leg play-off.

The Super Eagles managed a 2-1 win at Adis Ababa while the Black Stars walloped Egypt 6-1 from the first leg in Kumasi last month.

Ghana who had the best performance among the African teams at the last World Cup in South Africa will be aiming for a third consecutive World Cup qualification.

The Black Stars were within seconds of qualifying for the semifinals before they bungled the dramatic encounter that stretched into extra time and penalty shoot out.

Like Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire will be aiming for a third consecutive World Cup outing. Tunisia, a late entry into the final 10, will hope to make up for the missing of the last edition when they were edged out by Nigeria.

Tunisia who holds the record of being the first African team to win a World Cup match when it came back from a goal down to beat Mexico 3-1 at Argentina ‘78, incidentally, has the unenviable record of having the longest no win streak in the World Cup.

Since their historic win on June 2, 1978, Tunisia have gone 35 years involving 11 matches without a win. Perhaps they may be rivalled in that regard by the Super Eagles who have not won a World Cup match in 15 years.

The last time Nigeria won a match in the World Cup was on June 19, 1998, when the Super Eagles beat Bulgaria 1-0 at the Pac des Princes in Paris.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Nsem fun says:

    OH GSN!!! WHEN YOU’RE QUOTING VERBATIM PLS BE MORE CANDID. YOUR HEADLINE IS ABSOLUTELY INCONGRUOUS TO THE SOURCE’S OWN….. DAILY MAIL SPORT.

    COME AGAIN PLS.

    • Kwaku Tee says:

      Brazil will be in winter in June/July in 2014,so what is the similarity in climate that sub-saharan Africa will be enjoying?He may either be naive or trying to fool us,the situation on the ground is not conducive for Africa to win.Has he forgotten the work of officialdom and behind the scene manipulation of sponsors?

  2. Chipolopolo1 says:

    Dont get too excited. Roy is jst tryn to play down the huge expectation that awaits him next year. England is able to easily brush aside yo team.

  3. Nimo says:

    The man only mentioned Nigeria in particular. Shit journalism as usual.

  4. roy says:

    His opinion is up to him really but I believe he didn’t mention Ghana, gsn such writeups does not help anybody,it just kinda portray inferiority complex.

  5. King says:

    Hahaha where did he mention Ghana GSN?? Smh!

  6. Viper says:

    Whether the article mentioned Ghana or not, the fact still remains,Ghana is Africa’s best hope…and for your information,the original article made no mention of any name…nkwasiafour.

    http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/football-brazil-favour-africa-teams-hodgson-183856588–sow.html

  7. Sam Praise says:

    Who in your widest imaginations stand the chance of making Africa proud? Of course not Nigeria, they dont have the calibre and experienced players to make any impact on the world stage. Take a look at their confederation outing, they lack the magical players like Gyan, Kelvin Boateng, Kwojo Asamoah and Dede. Secondly they lack the experience player like Essien, Sulley and Mensah. Forget Nigeria, they have nothing to offer, just watch out for Ghana as usual, we will do it for Africa. If Keshi fails to invite experience players like Osase, Yobo etc, he should forget it!

    • james says:

      am not always surprise about u ghanaians always jealous about nigeria, with ur so called rubbish experience players wen last did u win d nations cup? 1982 mind u, a child born in 1982 is now has a grand child, thank God we played at the confederations cup , have ur useless experience players qualified ghana 4 d confed cup? and we dont need yobo, osaze in our team 2 suceed cos we dont beg players 2 play 4 us, clown

  8. The Greatest says:

    Like he(Keshi) used these same inexperienced players and won the nations cup. All these world class Ghana footballers you mentioned, I wonder why none of them were listed among the bbc african best player award.

  9. steve osuoha says:

    With all your stated big names from Ghana, yet they have not won any trophy in 36 years !!, what a shame…I rather use our unknown names to win trophies for great Nigeria !

  10. steve osuoha says:

    With all your stated big names from Ghana, yet they have not won any trophy in 36 years !!, what a shame…I rather use our unknown names to win trophies for great Nigeria !.Roy know what he is say, next world is for Nigeria and Africa , when Nigeria gets going, no one can stop her!

    • Santa says:

      You are talking crass nonsense! What has nigeria won at the world cup apart from second round qualification? Only three African countries have ever reached the quarters in World Cup and none of them is nigeria! hahahahaha yes Ghana is one of them. Ghana almost madse it to the semis while your pathetic supa chinchins had long gone home.LOL nigeria has been to the world cup four or five times and yet its best achievement has been a second round qualification and you are here to post nonsense? just pray you don’t go to Brazil and disgrace Africa again, as you always do. Because you won AFCON that Ghana has won FOUR solid times you think we be mates,huh? and when was the last time your supa chinchins beat the Mighty Black Stars? utter crap

  11. Blakroze GH says:

    Heheeheh just like how no one could stop the GREAT NIGERIA in SA2010?

  12. Sam Praise says:

    Shut up Steve! when we talk u listen! The world stage is not Africa, take a clue from the confederations cup, u can keep celebratin ur so called nations cup! We are bigger than that, we aiming for the world cup!

  13. HEDIDNTMENTIONGHANA says:

    he didn’t mention Ghana in his speech so where from this LIE

  14. omo eko says:

    Who dash Ghana? The only African team capable of winning the world cup is Nigeria. 2014 world cup does not seem likely cos of the calibre of player we have now. But come 2018, Nigeria will rule the world.

    Ghanaians should stop living in delusion. How can a team whose best player plies his trade in UAE dream of winner the world cup?

    • Santa says:

      the only deluded monkey on this thread is you,huh? Ghana reached the quarter finals of the last world cup in SA. how far did you supa chinchins get? answer me before you open you talk crap again. they couldn’t even get to the second round. Let me ask you a simple question. when was the last time nigeria won a match at the world cup? can you answer this ‘small’ question? hahahahahah

  15. omo eko says:

    *dream of winning the world cup*

  16. Sir Africa says:

    Ghanians always noisy!!! Football is not played with mouth or on the pages of internet. How dare you compare your 32yrs trophyless Black stars to these young and exciting super eagles? The current African Champions!! Wait till we all reach to Brasil next year. The performance on the pitch will tell who is who. Anyway, as a true African, i wish all our five representatives the best of luck. I wish one or two will reach semi-finals.

  17. Sam Praise says:

    Omo eko, if our best player plays in uae, how about the playin in a.c milan, juventus, marsel, porto etc? U sound like a kid!

  18. FRANK says:

    GHANA IS ALWAYS WAY AHEAD OF NIGERIA WHEN COMES TO WORLD FOOTBALL.1,THE FIRST AFRICAN COUNTRY TO WIN AN OLYMPIC MEDAL 2,THE ONLY COUNTRY IN AFRICA TO WIN U20 WORLD CUP 3,THE ONLY AFRICAN COUNTRY TO PROGRESS FROM THE GROUP STAGES IN SA.WHERE IS NIGERIA? ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT WE WON THE CAN 4 TIMES NEVER MIND THE LAST TIME. WAIT A
    MINUTE, IS IT TRUE THAT NIGERIA HAS NOT WON A WORLD CUP MATCH FOR 15 YRS? OH WHAT A PITY.

  19. Donfranko says:

    @Sam praise Shut the fuck up instead of you to caution ur useless Gsn site you are talking rubbish. Where did England coach Hudson mention Ghana huh?

  20. Donfranko says:

    @FRANK you are funny Ghana is the first african country to win olympic medal OKAY???hahaha according to your logic then Nigeria is the first african country to win U20 worldcup medal silver in 1989 and 2007.
    Nigeria is the first african country to win olympic ”GOLD”’ MEDAL
    Nigeria most succesful team in U17 wc
    Nigeria 5th fifa ranking highest achieved by an african team

  21. Blakroze GH says:

    Yes o, and that is the nigeria goin to win Brazil…we killed Africa a long time ago n we are now actively, and I mean ACTIVELY, chasing the WC dream, all pundits at SS are saying Ghana doesn’t go and add to the numbers but they go and stake their claims….what of naija? Them say they go win WC, meanwhile they fail to win a single match for 15 yrs…..hahahahahahaha u guys are good, u mean to say u will actually win the WC without winning a match? Hahahahaahhaha

  22. Progress says:

    I pity worthless Ghana who manage to rub tiny cape vade in cup of nation. If it easy why didn’t ur so call country play confederation cup. Hw many time did ur under 17 won the world cup. Hopeless talkertive

  23. Chu says:

    For worldcup i see gh very far cause we are under no curse as such as in afcon so cheer up guys, we can dream winning this

  24. banger says:

    ALL THESE IDIOTS WHO COME ON OUR SITE TO TALK SHIT BOUT GH CAN SUCK A FAT OLDS MENS COCK.U SAY GYAN PLAYS IN A YAWA LEAQUE BUT YET WHEN HE PLAYS FOR THE BLACKSTARS HE STILL DANGEROUS.ALL U 419 ONION BREATHS NAME ONE STRIKER THAT U HAV THAT CAN MATCH TO GYANS LEVEL.EVEN IN THE UAE THEY GOT NIATHIEFIANS PLAYIN OVER THERE BUT DO U HEAR THEIR NAMES.U GUYS ARE SOO JEALOUS OF GH.WE ARE SMALL NATION BUT YET WE ALWAYS HAV DOMINION OVER U.ALL U KNO IS 419 AND DNT KNO THE MEANIN OF DEODORANTS,

  25. EA1us says:

    GUYS, Africans should take the FIGHT to the South America and European countries not against ourselves. We must support each other, let’s galvanize and hope strong teams like Ghana, Nigeria, and Ivory Coast one of us make it to the finals or WIN this world cup. Africans have already won the u17 world cup, u20 world cup; the next big goal is the senior world cup, LET’S GO AND GET IT…..THE TIME IS NOW!! GOD BLESS AFRICA

  26. EA1us says:

    Some of you who are concern of none of Ghanaian players were listed on “bbc African best players”….keep in mind that most possible Ghana ‘front runners’ ayew, essien, kpb, gyan were not even with ghana’s roster until they recently joined the team again. That’s not how you win it, remember it is a whole year award.

  27. Donfranko says:

    Ghana qualified for their ist worldcup in 2006 kids. When was the last time Ghana won a trophy 1982??? When was the last time a Ghanaian won caf african best?? 1993 abedi pele yet this clowns keep boasting of big names

  28. Awasi Abbey says:

    With their thrashing of Mexico in Friday’s Fifa U-17 World Cup final, Nigeria have shown why they are the best in the world. Goal examines one facet of their dominance
    ANALYSIS
    By Sammie Frimpong

    With respect to excellence in youth football, Ghana and Nigeria are Africa’s torchbearers, with the latter being the latest of the duo to assert its might after claiming the ultimate at the just-ended Fifa Under-17 World Cup in the UAE.

    CHAMPIONS | The Super Eaglets are the 2013 U17 world kings

    Occasionally, the likes of Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, and Egypt do make a statement of sorts, yet the status quo has always been the reserve of the two west African giants. Generations of senior sides for both countries have been built on the back of huge feats at junior level, with the likes of Nwankwo Kanu, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Austin Okocha and Michael Essien all emerging from talent factories so fecund.
    There arises the million-dollar question, though: which of the pair – between Ghana and Nigeria- is better, if not necessarily more productive, at international youth football?
    Goal seeks to answer as accurately as possible, using the simplest of statistics.
    THE CRITERIA
    As a measure of determination, the key to these comparisons is to credit two points for each title won at continental level, and one less for a runner-up finish. A championship triumph on the global stage fetches three points, a finalist slot two, and a bronze-winning campaign gets one. Multiply the deserved point(s) by how often a country has achieved a particular feat, add up, compare the final tallies and, Voila! *
    So, then, shall we?
    U17s
    At U17 level, Nigeria are the top dogs on the international stage, underscoring that very fact with a convincing victory against Mexico on Friday. That conquest puts them on four titles, one better than Brazil and, even more crucially to this analysis, two ahead of Ghana. Nigeria have made the finals thrice more but lost. Comparatively, Ghana are not too far behind. In fact, had the Black Starlets been successful on the two other occasions they made the finals (1993 & 1997), they would have counted as many U17 world titles as Nigeria, and perhaps prop their cause up with the bronze secured from New Zealand 1999. However, the Eaglets’ dominance is not so pronounced on their home continent, with their two titles matched equally by Ghana and being just one losing finalists’ spot better.
    At the end of ‘Round One’, the scores read as calculated below:
    GHANA – AFRICA (WINNER): 2×2?4
    ” ” (FINALIST): 1×1?1
    4+1?5
    GHANA – WORLD (GOLD): 2×3?6
    ” ” (SILVER): 2×2?4
    ” ” (BRONZE): 1×1?1
    6+4+1?11
    SUM : 5+11?16
    NIGERIA – AFRICA (WINNER): 1×2?2
    ” ” (FINALIST): 2×1?2
    2+2?4
    NIGERIA – WORLD (GOLD): 4×3?12
    ” ” (SILVER): 3×2?6
    ” ” (BRONZE): 0x1?0
    12+6+0?18
    SUM : 4+18?22
    U20s

    BREAKING GROUNDS | Black Satellites conquered the world in 2009

    Nigeria have been twice as successful as Ghana has at the African Youth Championships – six titles to three – and have been at par with their neighbours in finishing second, with two silver wins apiece. Only in 1999 did the rivals contest the final, and Ghana, then managed by Italian Giuseppe Dossena, emerged victors by a solitary Laryea Kingson goal in Accra. At the U20 World Cup, Ghana have claimed four podium finishes – once in third-place, twice as runners-up, before picking Africa’s sole world crown four years ago – in six appearances. Nigeria, on the other hand, have achieved all that Ghana have but the title.
    GHANA – AFRICA (WINNER): 3×2?6
    ” ” (FINALIST): 2×1?2
    6+2?8
    GHANA – WORLD (GOLD): 1×3?3
    ” ” (SILVER): 2×2?4
    ” ” (BRONZE): 1×1?1
    3+4+1?8
    SUM : 8+8?16
    NIGERIA – AFRICA (WINNER): 6×2?12
    ” ” (FINALIST): 2×1?2
    12+2?14
    NIGERIA – WORLD (GOLD) : 0x3?0
    ” ” (SILVER): 2×2?4
    ” ” (BRONZE): 1×1?1
    0+4+1?5
    SUM : 14+5?19
    U23s
    Things are a little more balanced title-wise at continental U23 level where each nation has managed one triumph in five participations at the All African Games. Only when silver medals accumulated at the tournament are factored in do Nigeria distinguish themselves, edging this particular count 2-0. In the larger picture, Nigeria increase their advantage with some five points from fine performances at the Olympics football tournament; three from winning the Atlanta 1996 edition, and another two from finishing next to Lionel Messi’s Argentina in Beijing half-a-decade ago. Ironically, the only medal Ghana can boast of – bronze won by that ridiculously talented batch of Black Meteors at Barcelona 1992 – was that which put Africa on the Olympic football podium for the first time. That said, it fetches them no more than a point. Now let’s see how that adds up to give us our final, almost conclusive figures:
    GHANA – AFRICA (WINNER): 1×2?2
    ” ” (FINALIST): 0x1?0
    2+0?2
    GHANA – OLYMPICS (GOLD): 0x3?0
    ” ” (SILVER): 0x2?0
    ” ” (BRONZE): 1×1?1
    0+0+1?1
    SUM : 2+1?3
    NIGERIA – AFRICA (WINNER): 1×2?2
    ” ” (FINALIST): 2×1?2
    2+2?4
    NIGERIA – OLYMPICS (GOLD): 1×3?3
    ” ” (SILVER): 1×2?2
    ” ” (BRONZE): 0x1?0
    3+2+0?5
    SUM : 4+5?9

    GRAND TOTAL – GHANA: 16 + 16 + 3 ? 35
    GRAND TOTAL – NIGERIA: 22 + 19 + 9?50
    CONCLUSION
    Ghana’s successes at youth football level cannot be understated; they might be third, fourth, or even second best in the world. On home turf, though, they do not seem to run their neighbours close enough. Nigeria are clearly on top, a full 15 points ahead and trumping the Ghanaians on each count, per the units of measurement applied in this analysis.
    So maybe statistics are a bit like mini-skirts.
    Maybe they do reveal everything.
    Well done, ‘Naija’.
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    • Viper says:

      Lol,where did you dig these stuff from,wow??? I get your objectivity and all but massa, at the end of the day…Ghana has more AFCON titles than Nigeria,Ghana Black Stars are far better than Nigeria.Nigeria seem to only outperform Ghana in age grade matches/competitions and I wonder why…

  29. Chiku says:

    Gaynians talk too much oh…mtcheeeeeeew!

  30. Progress says:

    To be realistically Ghana cannot compete with with Nigeria in term off good and entertaining football at all level, i wish will met u guys in the last afcon u people could hv see hell look at Ghana that we teach how to play football, no wonder we name name one big bag in Nigeria “Ghana must go”. Did u guys think we rub small country as u did to cape vade ,go let cape vade teach u hw to play football ? Can u guys ever beat ivory coast in ur life, if not injuries dat rub us in d last confederation cup, we miss our top strikers, despite dat we play good football, thank God I’m not from Ghana i could have been crying by now. Up naija.com

  31. Festus Nwaebia David says:

    Yes, is true my man. Nigeria is going to win de world by de special grace of God.



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