the gap between minnows and other teams in Asia is gigantic comparing to Africa where such scores are very rare...
Of course, you
are absolutely right. But there are also some major differences between African
and Asian football.
conditions within the continent in terms of physical strength, in Africa are not quite as pronounced.
2) Additional: for some Asian-(Oceania) teams,
structures of ‘colonialism’ still play a very strong role.
people, for example in the South Pacific, have (culturally) no relation to
football. (Why should people in Tonga want to play football? They
win every year the ‘Obesity Cup’ and are unassailable leading in the world
rankings of body mass index).
Some people with
a very different cultural background, but liked the idea of establishing an own
continental federation. Tongan guys even had to play football, so that a few
men could act like colonial rulers. (The
function of OFC in the awarding of the 2006 World Cup is known. After that, the
association could be immediately dissolved. Mission accomplished!)
And in the cases
of American Samoa, Guam and Northern Marianas I see something
of the same ‘spirit’…! Any bored men get the idea to represent the people. (The
people will be represented by its ‘dominions’)…
Therefore, I see American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands with very mixed feelings... My
sympathies are very limited for this kind of ‘American Plastic Wonderland’. (“They need to follow Guam
and dig out some US born relatives”, wrote SDb.
I think it is even worse. Every US
citizen can basically play for NMI because
there are no different citizenships).
the level of football is also not too huge. But there are many people whom
football is a ‘matter of the heart’. So I hope that team is aware, that a large
victory with many goals may be important for qualification.
misunderstandings: the players of NMI are no laughing stock. They are
recreational exercisers who play about at the same level as Parson Drove FC (at
best slightly better). I would never refuse, that they should take credit for