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World Cup 2018: Yaya Touré’s Grievances Against African Representative

Faced with another ugly defeat by African teams at the World Cup, Ivorian international Yaya Toure calls African selections out of their torpor. Like a curse, African teams do not cross the knockout stages except in 1982.

For Yaya Toure , the African selections are at each edition of the excuses for not having crossed the phases of hens. However, quality players do not miss the African selections.

At this 2018 World Cup, Mikel Obi, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané could be counted to name but a few.

“… it would be both too easy and too dangerous to hide behind two yellow cards too much or a VAR not necessarily favorable or convincing to explain the bankruptcy of African selections. Yes, Morocco has shown very beautiful things. Yes, Senegal had ample means to go further. But, on arrival, Africa has no representative in the round of 16. And bad luck and naivety can not explain everything or justify it, “said Yaya Toure in her last free forum.

It would take the player to take everything back to the base, identify the real problem and work on it so that the African continent does not disappear from the great mass of football. Yaya Toure also claims that the African giants in football must also do their part.

Here is the entire message:

“It’s necessarily tempting, but it would be both too easy and too dangerous to hide behind two yellow cards too much or a VAR not necessarily favorable or convincing to explain the bankruptcy of African selections. Yes, Morocco has shown very beautiful things. Yes, Senegal had ample means to go further. But, on arrival, Africa has no representative in the round of 16 (Editor’s note: a first since 1982, with, at the time, two African representatives). And bad luck and naivety can not explain everything or justify it.

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We will change the existing breeders by suggesting that the solutions have been found.
Either we continue to close our eyes and lament against bad luck, or we act. Really. Let’s stop looking for excuses all the time. Africa must realize that it can not bet every four years on a miracle to try to make believe that everything is better. If we do not say anything and if we continue to do nothing, I know what will happen: we will change the breeders in place by believing that the solutions have been found. But that’s a masquerade that has been going on for far too long in Africa. It is preferred to blame a person rather than a system and an organization. Yet that’s where everything starts. Federations which, most of the time, only do “paperwork” and little arrangements between friends rather than setting the conditions and bases for a solid football. Who prevents members of these African federations from going to see how things are going, for example, in France or in Brazil? Not to find the new Neymar, but to take inspiration from solid structures … In Africa, we prefer to spend our time around the house, but we never enter it. We talk a lot, but no one adopts the same language. Each time, it is the same: there are beautiful promises, but no discipline or continuation in the ideas. It’s a real cacophony. but to take inspiration from solid structures … In Africa, we prefer to spend our time around the house, but we never enter it. We talk a lot, but no one adopts the same language. Each time, it is the same: there are beautiful promises, but no discipline or continuation in the ideas. It’s a real cacophony. but to take inspiration from solid structures … In Africa, we prefer to spend our time around the house, but we never enter it. We talk a lot, but no one adopts the same language. Each time, it is the same: there are beautiful promises, but no discipline or continuation in the ideas. It’s a real cacophony.

“That we drive out all the useless things that clutter the offices of the federations! ” 
How to get out of this quagmire if it does not disappear from the highest level? By taking everything from the base! Let’s start by structuring the local championships instead of doing everything to sell the best players. The weakness of our Championships remains a brake. If we do not want to see our young talents try crazy and risky bets by going on an adventure even before their majority rather than continuing to train in the country, let’s put some money into training. That’s the future. Let’s stop saying that Africa has no money. There is, but only it continues to be either misused or diverted.

Finally, I believe that the great voices of Africa also have their responsibility. They need to be heard more at the level of institutions and bodies. Listen to Abedi Pelé, Eto’o, Drogba, Kalu, Okocha. But do not pretend. All these big ones have a lot to give, to teach. Let’s create the conditions to associate them with concrete reflections. The very high level, it does not improvise. But it can be transmitted. That the federations stop thinking about their little comfort. The big players do not want to puncture places or positions, but just to help them better understand the future. Unfortunately, we do not listen to them. That we drive out all the useless things that clutter the offices of the federations and install all those who have real competence and experience. It is time for Africa to wake up and end up with these leaders who monopolize positions for twenty, thirty, even forty years! Otherwise, the story is likely to happen without us. And I would like to be on this earth again to attend a new World Cup on African soil. But it’s not enough to dream about it to make it happen. “

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