The Cameroonian legend Patrick Mboma believes that African coaches are the solution if the continent wants to become a dominant force in world football.
Senegal, Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia qualified for the World Cup but were all eliminated in the group stage. Only Senegal and Tunisia are run by African coaches.
Having himself participated in two FIFA World Cups, Patrick Mboma believes that governments should find a solution to develop African football, starting with the national professional leagues.
“Yes, football needs to be professionalized in Africa. The question is not new, “the former footballer told SoFoot.
“Outside of North Africa and Southern Africa, there is a lot of work to be done to improve local leagues, structures, youth training and coaching, and so on. But I remember that in Russia, most coaches were mostly overseas or European. I hope that some federations will work better and better in the future, so that African football improves. “
Patrick Mboma is upset by the fact that no African country has managed to overcome the quarterfinal phase of the world. Three countries have already reached the quarters: Cameroon (1990), Senegal (2002) and Ghana (2010).
“It’s the imbalance that frustrates me. Five teams qualified, none qualified at least for the quarter-finals. Obviously, I did not expect them to all qualify for the second round but I was hoping that two or even three teams would pass. “
Most African teams were beaten with last-minute goals.
“The goals often conceded in the last minutes … I explain it as the effects of fatigue, lack of concentration. The fatigue at the end of the game is the same for everyone. We have to admit that concentration levels are a problem for African teams, “he added.