Despite having two teams reach the World Cup knockout stages for the first time in history, the showing of Africa’s teams in Brazil has been received with much negativity.
While the performances of Algeria and Nigeria received deserved praise, their success was overshadowed by the missed opportunities of the Ivory Coast and Ghana and the controversy-ravaged summer of Cameroon.
Once again, regrettably, the world tunes in to talk of African football being undermined by bonus disputes and administrative problems, rather than to celebrate the talent of the teams or their star men.
While it is important not to suggest that all African teams encounter the same problems, or that the same solutions will work for all similar issues, this article attempts to outline seven changes that would help to make the continent more competitive at the World Cup.
Similarly, it is important to acknowledge that there is no “magic bullet” for African sides. Some of the continent’s problems are deeply rooted within structures and systems and may take generations to overcome.
Naturally, the example of Algeria, who impressed so profoundly in Brazil, provides a convenient template for the continent’s other sides to follow.