There has never been an African country in the tournament’s semifinals, and Qatar 2022 doesn’t seem to be the year that changes.
With elite athletes like Edouard Mendy and Chelsea’s Kalidou Koulibaly on their roster, Senegal, which won the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, was anticipated to succeed this time around.
The forward’s absence was noticeable to all during their loss to the Netherlands on Monday, but those hopes soon vanished after they lost their captain and talisman Sadio Mane to injury on the eve of the World Cup.
Tunisia and Morocco were able to keep Denmark and Croatia to scoreless draws despite the fact that Cameroon and Ghana have yet to play their opening matches. The news is positive for the continent.
European and South American teams are unquestionably the favorites at World Cups, but it is still not clear why African teams consistently perform below expectations.
Drogba, a former captain and the Ivory Coast’s all-time leading scorer, took part in the 2006, 2010, and 2014 World Cups, but in each case, Les Éléphants were knocked out after the group stage.
In an interview with the BBC, he acknowledged that it is difficult to pinpoint the exact nature of the problem, but he did have a theory that could explain the challenges.
“Looking at the game [Senegal vs. the Netherlands], Mane on his own couldn’t have done much better than what we saw,” the former striker opined.
It is incredibly difficult because African teams are so diverse. They perform admirably for their clubs, especially those who compete in Europe.
Finding the ideal system becomes more challenging for the manager when they are combined. to use the appropriate players in the appropriate positions, and to maintain the intensity required for playing at that level.
The majority of teams, as Drogba suggests, include players who represent multiple clubs, but African teams go above and beyond that.
In contrast to Germany, whose players are all based in just three nations in Europe, Tunisia’s team is made up of 26 players who represent 13 different countries across three continents