The Black Stars of Ghana and Ivory Coast have been tipped to perform well at the 2014 FIFA World Cup by Uganda Cranes Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic.
Hosts Brazil and Croatia will kick start the event this evening with a Group A tie at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo.
In an interview with AfricanFootball.com, Sredojevic said on Thursday afternoon that he thinks Ghana and Ivory Coast are the two African teams that have what it takes to perform well at the event.
“I do not believe Nigeria or Cameroon will really reach far. But Ghana is my first on the list for the African teams that will perform well because they are more of a team and their chemistry is very strong,” reasoned the Serbian, who has been coaching in Africa since 2000.
Sredojevic reasoned that although Didier Drogba’s Ivory Coast are in a seemingly good group that has Japan, Colombia and Greece, they are a team that play more of an individual football and do not have the spirit to fight back when things are getting terrible on the pitch.
He said the Ghana team under home-based coach James Kwesi Appiah have the capacity to go further than the quarterfinal stage that they reached during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The Black Stars are in Group G alongside USA, Germany and Portugal.
The coach said former African powerhouse Cameroon may not perform well because they are fresh from solving a bonus dispute and they also have a team that is generally composed of old players and yet they have to face the likes of Brazil and Mexico in their group.
Africa’s other representatives Algeria are paired alongside Belgium, Russia and Korea.