‘Africa needs to develop the grassroots football’

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Former Ghana U-23 assistant coach gives his opinion on how the continent can present formidable representatives at the Fifa World Cup

Following the end to Africa's campaign at the ongoing World Cup in Russia, the debate on what possibly went wrong has begun in earnest. 

In Africa's worst tournament since 1982, all five representatives - Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco - have failed to make it past the group stage as the global entered the round of 16 on Saturday. 

Veteran Ghanaian coach Joseph Emmanuel Sarpong 'JE' Sarpong has shared his thoughts on what could turn the continent's fortunes around in the coming years. 

“Africa has its own unique style of play, which distinguishes us as a people,” Sarpong said, as reported by Kasapafmonline

“Over the years, although we’ve not been able to win the World Cup since its inception, we have at least made significant progress as compared to what we are doing now [in Russia].

“If we really want to make the continent proud through our style of play, I think we must look at developing the grassroots and do away with our overdependence on foreign-based players, who have already been moulded and turned [by their clubs] into roles that make it difficult for them to give out their best [for their national teams]."

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Africa's best performance since debuting at the World Cup in 1934 has been quarter-final berths achieved by Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana in 1990, 2002 and 2010 respectively.

A former Ghana under-23 assistant coach, Sarpong has had stints with local Premier League clubs Liberty Professionals, Aduana Stars and Ebusua Dwarfs