World Cup 2014: Africa's Prospects Following the Group Stage Draw

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World Cup 2014: Africa's Prospects Following the Group Stage Draw
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Africa’s five World Cup representatives approached Friday’s draw with both excitement and trepidation. As things stood by the end of the day, three of the nations can be perfectly content with how things have unfolded, while a further two have every right to be concerned by their chances of success in Brazil.

It is incredibly unlikely that all five African sides will escape the group stage, but the continent should at least improve on 2010 when, on home soil, only Ghana made it to the knockout rounds.

The five teams are presented here in order of draw difficulty, with the hardest draw first and the easiest last.

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