With South Africa all but out of the competition, how many Africa sides can buck the trend and progress into the Round of 16?
Ghana are the most likely candidates after securing an important victory over Serbia in group D, they have the chance to cement their position as they face Australia in their next match.
A victory for Nigeria against South Korea would give them a good chance of making the next round. It will be tough, as South Korea beat Greece in their opener whilst Nigeria lost to Argentina. Both sides are evenly matched, and with their World Cup riding on the result, expect the Super Eagles to come out fighting.
Ivory Coast gave themselves a chance after a 0-0 draw with Portugal. They face Brazil in their next game and if they avoid defeat against Dunga’s side, they’d go into their final game against North Korea with a decent shout of qualification. Group G promises to be a very interesting one.
Cameroon still have an outside chance, but were poor against Japan and will play a solid Denmark side in their next game. They’ll have to win and hope Denmark does them a favour against the Samurai Blue in the final game, as they take on group favourites Holland in the last match.
Finally, Algeria sits at the bottom of group C having already played their easiest opponents. They play England in their next match before taking on USA in their final game. The Desert Foxes aren’t a bad side, but they’ll be lucky if they finish the World Cup with a point.
Chances are there will only be two or three African nations progressing to the next round.