Hosts may well get their wish.
South Africa’s police chief is hoping the US team are knocked out of the football World Cup early on – to avoid a visit by President Barack Obama.
General Bheki Cele told MPs Mr Obama could fly in if the US make it to the knockout stage.
“Our famous prayer is that the Americans don’t make the second round,” he said, while insisting his forces could provide sufficient security.
He said 43 heads of state would go to South Africa for the Cup.
It is the first world cup being hosted by any African nation.
On Friday, thousands of South Africans queued for hours in Cape Town’s Khayelitsha township to have their photo taken with the World Cup trophy.
The solid gold trophy is starting a month-long tour of the country before the World Cup starts on 11 June.
However, protocol dictates that only heads of state and tournament winners are allowed to actually touch it.
On its arrival, the trophy was taken by Fifa head Jerome Valcke to Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. (BBC Sport)
Well that’s a worrying state of affairs. Where a nation’s chief of police states publicly that they will not be able to cope if a team does TOO well. Unluckily for Mr Cele the US do not have the toughest of groups where England would really have had to have failed if they didn’t top the standings. Algeria and Slovenia complete the quartet so there is a real danger that the Americans could make it into the knockout phase…and then what?
I guess Barack Obama could resolve the situation by sending Joe Biden instead. Alternatively the South Africans could just attempt to boost security?