Preview of African teams ahead of WC draw

EWN sport’s Alicia Pillay takes a look at the African teams competing in the 2014 FIFA Cup.

The final World Cup draw which takes place in Brazil on Friday.

Let me start by saying it would be wonderful if I was writing about Bafana Bafana being at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but sadly that won't be happening.

The world anxiously awaits the final World Cup draw which takes place in Brazil tomorrow.

Thirteen teams from Europe, six from South America, five from Africa, four from Asia and four from North and Central America and the Caribbean have been divided into four pots, with eight teams in each for the final draw.

Pot two is where our continent's hope lies: Algeria, Cameroon, Chile, Côte d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana and Nigeria.

As South Africans we have become accustomed to adopting a fellow country when Bafana fails to progress far or misses out on the competition entirely.

Ghana won the hearts of many during the 2010 World Cup and if they can perform like they did then, no doubt they will have as much, if not more, success in next year's tournament.

The Black Stars were unlucky not to have progressed to the semi-finals after Luis Suarez famously (or rather infamously) saw Uruguay through with his controversial handball.

In their last eight World Cup qualifying matches they only lost two games and beat seven-times African Champions Egypt 6-1.

For me though The Elephants from Côte d'Ivoire still have to be Africa's best hope at the tournament.

With the likes of Didier Drogba, the Toure brothers and Salomon Kalou this could be their chance to represent the continent.

Although their World Cup record doesn't paint a pretty picture one thing about this team is its sheer guts and determination.

They have only qualified twice for the tournament, while Cameroon have the most appearances at six.

The experience of The Elephants is something they can use in their favour with most of the team playing or having played in the top leagues.

However, come Friday they will know their fate and just how tough their job will be to make the continent proud.

Alicia Pillay is an EWN Sport reporter.