OVERVIEW: GROUP A
No host nation has ever been eliminated after group play in the history of the tournament, but that streak might be threatened by this year’s hosts. South Africa is the weakest host nation since the USA in 1994. The draw didn't help them much either as they'll be pitted against teams that have 41 appearances among them: two are former champions and the other last failed to advance past the group stage over 30 years ago.
World Cup Appearances: 3 (South Africa made its World Cup debut against France in 1998. It was the second World Cup cycle for the Bafana Bafana after being reinstated by FIFA in 1992).