Boateng versus Boateng

2013-12-08 10:00

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2014 Fifa World Cup draw pits brothers against one another in evenly matched contest

It’s Boateng vs Boateng again!

This was just one of the interesting duels that came out of the 2014 Fifa World Cup draw in Brazil on Friday.

The draw has pitted Germany against African giants Ghana, which means brothers Kevin-Prince Boateng, who plays for the Black Stars and Jérôme Boateng (Germany) will face each other again after they first meeting in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, when Germany emerged the 1-0 victors.

After the draw, Kevin-Prince said: “I can’t wait to face my brother [Jérôme] at the World Cup. It will also be great to face my Schalke team-mate Jermaine Jones [USA].”

In fact, Ghana and the US played against each other in the second round of the 2010 tournament. The draw also means Germany will come face-to-face with their former striker and coach Jürgen Klinsmann, who is in charge of the US team.

Spain begin their title defence with a repeat of the 2010 final against the Netherlands in Maracanã. Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0 to lift its maiden World Cup at FNB Stadium in 2010.

South African coaches have tipped Ghana and Nigeria to emerge from their World Cup groups and qualify for the second round of the event.

Kevin-Prince Boateng. Picture: Barry Aldworth/Backpagepix

After Friday’s draw, the coaches agreed there was no easy group.

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said this was most intriguing draw of all times with as many as three teams able to qualify for the next round. But the fact remains that only the two top can qualify.

“There is no real group of death as they are all evenly matched. It is going to be tough for all the teams,” said Igesund.

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt said this was the kind of draw that football lovers always wanted. But he was sceptical about Ivory Coast’s chances.

“They are a good team but they always have issues. This will be the last World Cup for most of them and I just hope they go out with a bang,” said Hunt.

He said Algeria and Cameroon would not succeed in their groups.

Multiple league-winning coach Ted Dumitru predicts that some of the big guns will fall in the first round.

The former Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns coach said it would be exciting to see how European teams adjust to the conditions in South America.

“It will be challenging to some of the powerhouses of football and will create a high tension type of World Cup, as teams will crush each other in the first round. So far, this is the most intriguing of the draws we have seen,” said Dumitru.

He said Ghana and Nigeria stand a good chance of progressing beyond the first round because they have changed their style of play.

The Nigeria vs Argentina clash is another repeat matchup from the draw as the two giants collided in the group stages of the Mzansi World Cup three years ago.

Former Orlando Pirates and Bafana coach Augusto Palacios said all the groups were tight and predicted that some big teams would bite the dust in the first round.

Meanwhile, Bosnia-Herzegovina will be the only debutants at the Brazil spectacle that kicks off on June 12.

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