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Zimbabwe Soccer Fans Disappointed at African Team Showings in World Cup

UK-based soccer fan Tapiwa Barwe said many fans were surprised to see the US topping Group C and presenting a major challenge to England

The United States advanced to the knockout round of the World Cup of soccer in South Africa after defeating Algeria 1-0 in a thrilling final group match in Pretoria as striker Landon Donovan blasted an overtime rebound into the net.

England also moved into the next round as Algeria and Slovenia were eliminated.

British soccer fans were divided over their team’s qualification, some saying they are not convinced England will get to the finals. U.K.-based soccer fan Tapiwa Barwe told VOA Studio 7 reporter Marvellous Mhlanga-Nyahuye that many were surprised to see the U.S. topping Group C and presenting a major challenge to England.

Zimbabwe soccer fans have largely given up on African teams as World Cup contenders, shifting their support to other continents and nations, as VOA Studio 7 sports correspondent Michael Kariati reported from Harare.

Zimbabwe Warriors player David Kutyauripo said he was saddened to see another African team eliminated following Algeria's relegation at the hands of the United States.