IVORY Coast is the last African team standing after edging Honduras out of the round of 16 in the Free State province's 32 Schools Mini 2010 World Cup games played at the weekend.
Ivory Coast (represented by Louis Botha High School) beat Honduras (Reamohetse) 4-3 in a pulsating game played in Bethlehem on Saturday to qualify for the quarterfinals.
The other African team in the round of 16 was Algeria (Mamellang Thuto) who were humiliated 5-0 by a rampant Australia (Harmony Academy) in Sasolburg, also on Saturday.
There were a number of surprises as World Cup favourites who had made it into this round, Argentina and Portugal, bit the dust. Argentina (Ikeketseng) lost an eight-goal thriller to France (Ntsu), who prevailed 5-3 on the day, while Portugal (Ipetleng) were pipped 3-2 by Switzerland (Kgoro ya Thuto) in Sasolburg and Bethlehem, respectively.
Other results in Sasolburg saw Serbia (Kutlwanong) running rings around the USA (Dr Cingo) in a 4-1 rout, while Uruguay (Evungweni) easily dispatched South Korea (Cedar) with a 5-2 pasting.
The other games in Bethlehem saw Italy (Metsimaphodi) cruising past Japan (Moriting wa Thuto) with a comfortable 2-0 scoreline while Paraguay (Lere la Thuto) accounted for Denmark with a narrow 4-3 win in a closely-contested encounter.
The games, which have drawn thousands of spectators from schools and communities around the Free State, have also been attended by the province's MEC for sports, arts, culture and recreation, Dan "Khusta" Kgothule, who gave his blessings to the event.
According to Mike Mangena, coordinator of the games, the quarterfinals are slated for April 30 in Welkom and the final will be played on May 14 in Bloemfontein.