I can almost hear the sound of the whistle of the opener between host Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Husbands will go missing from their homes. Ladies like me will forget our home chores for some time,as we will be following the world’s most spectacular event.
I can vividly remember my sister dropping her phone unknowingly and crushing it as we celebrated Ghana’s quarter final qualification in 2010 world cup held in South Africa. The famous Vuvuzelas could be heard across the stadium. I must mention that Shakira’s world cup song was the best ever, my opinion though.
Being team Africa, let me look at Group A consisting of Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay. Egypt faces Uruguay in the second match of the tournament. All eyes are on Egypt as it is the hope of every African that the Pharaohs will beat Uruguay in a revenge mission after Suarez denied Ghana a chance for a semi final spot in the 2010 world cup. The Barcelona star handled the ball on the goal-line, preventing a last minute win for the black stars. Asamoah Gyan went ahead and missed the penalty. It might be almost eight years since the infamous intervention in a memorable quarterfinal clash, but it is fresh in my mind so is to other Africans.
It is a crucial match for each side, it is likely to feature arguably three of the best attackers in the world-Egypt’s Salah and Uruguay’s Suarez and Edinson Cavani. Egypt hopes that Salah will still be hungry for goals as he did in premier league.
Russia and Uruguay seem to be the people’s prediction of the two teams to advance in this group, while Saudi Arabia is the lowest ranked.
No African team has ever gone past the last eight in a world cup tournament; therefore every African team feels tasked to go forward and write a new history.
Yes, Russia has a home advantage but I have to go for Egypt and Uruguay qualifying in this group.
Players to watch
Fahad Mosaed Al-Muwalla- Saudi Arabia
Mohammed Salah- Egypt
Suarez and Cavani – Uruguay
Egypt goal keeper Essam El-Hadary will become the oldest player to play at a world cup at 45 years, if he makes it to the pitch.
Well we don’t expect a winner from this group but we can expect some little drama from Suarez after his Controversial handball in 2010 world cup in South Africa and biting Giogio Chiellieni’s shoulder in 2014 Brazil world cup.