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NAPLES, ITALY - JUNE 23: Roger Milla of Cameroon celebrates scoring his first goal during the World Cup eighth final match between Cameroon and Colombia at the San Paolo Stadium on June 23, 1990 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Henri Szwarc/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Will an African team reach World Cup semis?

LONDON. – “When I first started to coach Cote d’lvoire I said to Didier Drogba: ‘We have some fantastic players and we can go far in the World Cup.’ He said: ‘No we can’t’.”

Sven-Goran Eriksson is trying to shed some light on why Africa is still waiting for a first World Cup soccer triumph more than 20 years after Brazil legend Pele predicted a winner from the continent by 2000. By the end of the 2010 World Cup, the Swede understood Drogba was not being negative – just realistic.

“The reason why they don’t do it? One word: organisation. It was total chaos when I joined,” Eriksson told BBC Sport.
At one stage, Pele’s prediction looked like it might come to pass. Nigeria came top of a group featuring Argentina and Diego Maradona at the 1994 edition, while the likes of George Weah and Jay-Jay Okocha were making their mark in Europe during the 1990s.

Yet Africa, the second most-populated continent and a place where football is king, has still to produce a team to advance beyond the quarter-finals – let alone lift the gold trophy.

Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia will compete in Russia later this month – but few believe they will get near the final, including former Cameroon defender Lauren. – BBC Sport.

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The Herald

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