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.

We are optimistic because the players in recent games have shown good results.

Milan Miklavic, Slovenia assistant coach

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."