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]."