Well, I can’t say I’ve been disappointed by the perfomance of the African nations so far (considering it IS the World Cup). I’ll just say this: they may be enthusiastic, but they sure lack a lot in skill and technique.
I’ve watched both the Ivorian and Angolan teams lose by one goal, which may seem close but the rift in basic technical ability is as wide as Tera Patrick’s wotsit. These guys run around, chase hard, tackle harder, head well, and so forth, but just basic passing and marking are pathetic compared to the other teams.
I couldn’t help compare the stray passes and dodgy first touches in the game between Angola and Portugal last night. Where dem Europeans passed the rock with skill and accuracy, Angola were wild and ill-disciplined, spraying the ball all over the place to no effect at all. And Akwa? Played like a knob, and I could call him worse.
All in all, I’m greatly underwhelmed. So Angola lost to Portugal, and C-d’I lost to Argentina. So what, both the big guns will be in the semis, so I guess it was inevitable. Can’t wait to see what Ghana can do to Italy tonight, I’m sure they can pull something off…my last hope.
Some nice Portuguese birds in the crowd, too.