How much longer must we sing a sad African song?


A river of tears snakes its way through the continent after yet another World Cup failure for Africa. Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia and Senegal have all crashed out in the group stages of Russia 2018  and, while sadness and sorrow accompany this sobbing stream of disappointment, it does reveal a desperate need for greater introspection.

In fact, scrap that: there have been too many years of analysis and soul-searching for African football; the time for change is at hand. Surely, this cannot go on any longer.

Let’s not even talk too much about the statistics: this is Africa’s worst World Cup in 36 years  without a team in the knockout stage for the first time since 1982  and, of course, the biggest blip of them all: no African country has ever reached the semi-finals of…

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