Why African teams are not doing well in world football — Amuneke

Coach Emmanuel Amuneke (Photo: Pulse.ng)
Emmanuel Amuneke (Photo: Pulse.ng)

Former Super Eagles winger, and member of FIFA’s Technical Study Group, Emmanuel Amuneke, said on Thursday at a media parley at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow that African countries would continue to disappoint in football and be disappointed unless they embrace grassroots development.

“The World Cup was a disappointment for African teams because the expectations were much higher,” Amuneke said in the company of the other members of the TSG.

For the first time in 32 years, no African team made it into the second round with Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt, and Morocco, all crashing out after the first round.

“Football has developed a lot and it will continue to change. If we don’t embrace youth development and just continue to dream then we won’t be successful.

“Raw talent alone doesn’t give you good results. We have the responsibility to not just rely on talent but teach the young players how to anticipate and read the game,” Amuneke added.

Carlos Alberto Parreira, who led Brazil to their 1994 triumph, corroborated Amuneke’s views when he said if winning was based on just talent alone then Brazil would have more than their five triumphs.

“Talent is the biggest weapon a team can have. But if it were just about the talent, Brazil would have been world champions more than five times.

“At a World Cup you need to be ready at the right time and you need to show commitment, hunger and passion to win,” Parreira added.

Andy Roxburgh, from Scotland, stressed the tactical flexibility that has been on show in Russia just as set pieces have led to more goals.

“In the previous Champions League season, 45 corner kicks led to one goal on average; here at the World Cup, it was 30 corner kicks to one goal. That shows efficiency, speed of action and thought.”

Amuneke represented Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup, at which the Eagles reached the second round and the left-footed player scored two goals.

Coronavirus factsheet


PT Mag Campaign AD

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...

BE THE FIRST TO KNOW! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application