Slovenia head into their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ campaign in optimistic mood, determined to ensure their stay at the finals is not a brief one.
The Slovenians, who are based in Johannesburg, will face Algeria in Polokwane on Sunday, a day after Group C favourites England lock horns with the USA in Rustenburg.
Assistant coach Milan Miklavic told RTV Slovenia: "The team looks good, the team looks very good, as always. Can we expect a positive result? We are optimistic because the players in recent games have shown good results, so we need to be optimistic.
"For all the teams, the first game will be a very big opportunity. All teams are living in some uncertainty about what will happen, and that is the special charm of championships."