There is no shortage of African talent in European Football. In
fact, a definitive list of the continent´s finest players in
England´s top flight alone, for example, is extremely difficult to
compile. Considering that talents such as Michael Essien, Didier Drogba, Kolo
Toure, Benni McCarthy, El-Hadji Diouf and Yakubu are all regularly on display
week-in, week-out, African football fans have a multitude of riches to admire.
Notwithstanding, Africa’s main concern must be towards capturing the coveted
FIFA World Cup.
THE BIG QUESTION IS: If Africa were that good in football why are they not
showing it at the FIFA World Cup? So far no African team (country) has gone
beyond the FIFA World Cup quarter final. Ghana and Cameroon have shown class at
one time and once made it to the 8th stage though. Senegal and Nigeria have
also once made it past the first 16th stage.
No doubt, Africa has the football talents; let’s pray and hope her officials
live up to the challenge in shaping their national team’s spirit to tangible
results. Just getting to the 16th stage is not good enough for the euphoria.
Africa can do better than merely showing up. I predict a great showing in South
Africa 2010, at least to 8th stage, (the semi-finals) and winning in Brazil in
2014. The question then is: Which African country is ready to meet this
challenge? The truth of the matter is any of the African teams is capable.
This book looks at the history of the Confederation of African Football (CAF)
and goes on to feature Africa’s great footballers Yesterday, Today and