Former Nigeria star Emmanuel Amuneke says African teams need to focus on improving youth development after a poor showing from the continent’s representatives at the World Cup.
None of Africa’s five teams made it past the group stage in Russia, with Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco managing only three wins between them.
Senegal were particularly unlucky not to make the last 16, losing out to Colombia only because of their poorer disciplinary record.
But it was a big step backwards after both Nigeria and Algeria made it to the knockout rounds in 2014 and Ghana went to the quarter-finals in South Africa eight years ago.
Indeed, it was the first time since 1982 that no team from the continent had made it past the first round.
A winger with Sporting Lisbon and Barcelona in the 1990s, Amuneke played for the Super Eagles at the 1994 World Cup, scoring as they lost in extra-time to Italy in the last 16.
He later moved into coaching and had a successful spell working with Nigeria’s under-17 side.