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Will Africa's World Cup Woes Ever End?

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4 years ago by SimoneS in Sports > Soccer

The last few matches of the 2014 World Cup are already near ("Hurray!" Shout all the people who have struggled to wrap their heads around the fact that 22 men chasing one ball might be an important event.)
Africa is yet to represented on the semi-final stage. Ever. Well there was that one time in 2010 that Ghana almost made it, but for Suarez's infamous hand incident pushing the ball right back out of the net. Of course, Gyan missing the awarded penalty was no big help either.
With that incident in mind, the only other times African teams have made it to the quarter finals are Cameroon in 1990. And Senegal in 2002. Judging by the statistics, we might jut have to wait another 8odd years to get there again.
The 2014 World Cup had Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast qualifying for the group stages. Who could ever forget that boring Nigeria-Iran match that had most of our eyes closed, and all of Ghana's controversies this year? The Ghana government having to fly out $3million cash (yes cash!) to the team who refused to play otherwise, then the suspension and sending home of two players Muntari & Prince Boateng.
So the question is where is Africa going wrong?

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Charlie H

They haven't gone wrong Iv never been to Africa but they from what I know don't have a big football culture. You can't force it. Look at South America. All the boys there are born with three balls instead of two. They can play b4 they can walk. Aren't the Afriocan countries strong in running and athletics?

4 years ago by Charlie H

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SimoneS

Charlie, that's the exact opposite of the situation! Africans have a MASSIVE football culture. From as young as 2, the African male will begin to kick his ball about, in the streets, in school, in a football park, on the beach, anywhere! Emmanuel Adebayor, Michael Essien, John Obi Mikel, Samuel Eto'o, the Toure brothers are a few on the long list of current internationally recognised African players

4 years ago by SimoneS

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Charlie H

I dunno I had that feeling like I was putting my foot in it when I wrote that. Kiss & make up?

4 years ago by Charlie H

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Mitchell Hill

To me it's organisation. The players are really strong & the talent can not be disputed-Africa should be ruling the roost at FIFA.
There is too much haggling, not enough strong leadership. That's just my 2 cents.

4 years ago by Mitchell Hill

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Rahul  N.

One word: you said it already I think POLITICS. (or greed which is the same ****ing thing ha)

4 years ago by Rahul N.

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James Ellis

That story is trumps about the cash lolol

4 years ago by James Ellis

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pig in the rain

Cameroon & Ghana are strongest.

4 years ago by pig in the rain

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Peng

I heard there was fixing going on. In the Brazil-Cameroon game..

4 years ago by Peng

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Malachi

good question Simone, to be honest it probably all starts from grass roots development, youth development and basically building on that i suppose, but i also look at teams like Ivory Coast who have a great team on paper but can't perform so there could a lack of hunger also.

4 years ago by Malachi

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Mitchell Hill

Yes, development from the top down. Great consistent coaching will keep some of the drama and antics at bay that we've seen in the last weeks (the Ghana 3 million story is already being made into a film-seriously!)

4 years ago by Mitchell Hill

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