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World Cup 2018: Will an African workforce attain semi-finals for first time?

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World Cup 2018: Will an African workforce attain semi-finals for first time?

No African facet has gone past the quarter-finals on the World Cup

“Once I first began to teach Ivory Coast I mentioned to Didier Drogba: ‘We’ve got some incredible gamers and we are able to go far within the World Cup.’ He mentioned: ‘No we will not’.”

Sven-Goran Eriksson is making an attempt to shed some mild on why Africa continues to be ready for a primary World Cup triumph greater than 20 years after Brazil legend Pele predicted a winner from the continent by 2000. By the tip of the 2010 World Cup, the Swede understood Drogba was not being detrimental – simply life like.

“The rationale why they do not do it? One phrase: organisation. It was whole chaos after I joined,” Eriksson advised BBC Sport.

At one stage, Pele’s prediction seemed prefer it may come to move. Nigeria got here prime of a gaggle that includes Argentina and Diego Maradona on the 1994 version, whereas the likes of George Weah and Jay-Jay Okocha had been making their mark in Europe through the 1990s.

But Africa, the second most-populated continent and a spot the place soccer is king, has nonetheless to supply a workforce to advance past the quarter-finals – not to mention raise the gold trophy.

Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia will compete in Russia later this month – however few imagine they’ll get close to the ultimate, together with former Cameroon defender Lauren.

“I might say we’ll have a workforce within the semi-finals however that is not the truth,” mentioned the two-time Africa Cup of Nations winner. “We’re nonetheless behind the highest groups.”

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