Africa Looks For Answers After Disastrous World Cup


African football will conduct a soul-searching session at a two-day symposium in Morocco after all five of the continent’s sides failed to get over the first hurdle at the World Cup.

Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria and Senegal were all eliminated in the group phase in Russia, leaving Africa without a representative in the knockout rounds for the first time since the 1982 finals in Spain.

Coaches and officials of the five countries will discuss the disappointing results at a debrief in Rabat organised by the Confederation of African Football and the Moroccan Football Federation on Sunday and Monday.

“It was a disappointment for the African teams and the African continent,” said former Nigeria international Emmanuel Amunike, who was part of FIFA’s technical study group analysing the World Cup and will be at the symposium.

“A lot of people were expecting African teams to progress beyond what they have done previously, but unfortunately it didn’t materialise.

“The truth is that we all are aware that football has developed a lot and will continue to change, and we in Africa, if we don’t embrace the responsibility and see how we can develop our youth, will continue to live on dreams.


Abideen Owolabi

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