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Zimbabweans Still Hope to See African Contender in Next Round of World Cup


Zimbabwean and other African fans are looking to Tuesday’s match between South Africa and France with trepidation, praying the host does not get eliminated as both teams are at the bottom of their group with one point each

In World Cup play on Monday, Portugal rolled over North Korea defeating it 7-0 in the most one-sided World Cup match since 2002 when Germany beat Saudi Arabia 8-0.

Portugal scored with an assist from Ronaldo in the 60th minute, scoring again in the 89th, with additional goals from Ronaldo, Raul Meireles, Simao Sabrosa, Hugo Almeida and Liedson. Despite the impressive goal tally, Brazil leads Group “G,” the "Group of Death," with six points, trailed by Portugal with four and Ivory Coast one.

In Group “H,” Chile defeated Switzerland 1-0 in Port Elizabeth with a goal by Mark Gonzalez in the 75th minute.

In another Group "H" match, David Villa scored twice to give Spain a 2-0 lead against Honduras and might have managed a hat trick but missed a penalty in the 62nd minute after Jesus Nava was fouled by Honduras' Emilio Izaguirre. He went for the lower right corner but sent his shot wide..

Villa broke into the area from the left and beat three defenders before firing right-footed to give his team a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute. It was Spain’s first goal at this Cup, after losing 1-0 to Switzerland in the opening match. Villa’s shot in the 51st minute went in after a deflection off Honduras defender Osman Chavez.

Zimbabwean and other African fans, meanwhile, are looking to Tuesday’s match between South Africa and France with trepidation, praying the host does not get eliminated. The two teams are at the bottom of group “A.”

Highlanders Chairman Themba Ndlela told VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye that things do not look very good for African teams in the Cup, but fans are praying for a miracle progression.

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