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Nigeria proved to be rock solid in the initial matches but then in the mid-way they lost their creativity. When it came to the question of possession they proved to be good but when it came to scoring a goal that proved to be difficult.
Algeria was quite impressive among the African teams. Whatever they possessed they gave it all playing against Germany which led to an amazing first half. What the team lacked was star performers like other teams. Most of the time many problems emerge amongst the African teams be it not attending the sessions of training, fight regarding bonus and other problems.
Stories that revolve around are that the players often start playing for their respective club after representing in the national time despite not getting the allowance. Then there are players from Europe who join the national side of the African team but they themselves pay for their air ticket for coming into a country of their own. Major roadblock is the factor of transparency which is lacking.
The accusation should not only be targeted at the administrators alone as the players are equally responsible. Moreover money should not be a factor that comes in the African football team. It is always the question of security that the African players demand of before they got off for Brazil.
The future of African football is not bleak rather there is optimism since there is lot of talent in the teams but it is about nurturing the talent rather than relying on their poor performances. The European top league is filled with African talent. So work has to begin from scratch to make the foundation strong. If the work is done then the future would be bright for the African footballers.
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Nigeria manager Stephen Keshi has revealed that he is not worried about the lack of playing time for the country’s top stars like John obi Mikel and Victor Moses. These players have been key towards helping Nigeria when the African cup of nations. They are once again expected to be important for the national team at the upcoming World Cup 2014. Nigeria have a great chance of reaching the knockout stages of the competition after being grouped along with teams like Iran and Bosnia-Herzegovina. However, Keshi has had to deal with questions about the lack of playing time to key players like Mikel.
The Chelsea midfielder has been a second choice for the club this campaign. His chances of being in the first-team on a regular basis appeared to be boosted initially following the arrival of Jose Mourinho, who was the man responsible for bringing him to Stamford Bridge. However, it has worked in the opposite direction in recent months since the arrival of Nemanja Matic for around £ 21 million has made the Serbian midfielder the number one for the defensive midfield position. Moses has also been unable to get game time at Liverpool, where he is on loan from Chelsea till the end of the season.
“These are not kids that I need to teach how to play football. It’s just the chemistry that I need to bring into the team, the understanding in the unit. I would love them to play every game with their clubs. Unfortunately, I can’t control that. But I think they are in good shape. I have played in Europe and sometimes there is a lot that goes on there. It’s difficult to say. But if they come and their conditioning is good and their fitness is good, then we will take them,” said Keshi.
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Just about everywhere that Jose Mourinho moves to, he certainly is at the center of the spotlight and most of the time it’s not for reasons why the Portuguese coach would like to be. Back when he was in charge of Real Madrid, his story about him pocking the eye of Tito Vilanova was at the headlines of the Spanish press.
This time around it seems like his relationship with Samuel Eto’o has deteriorated after Mourinho was reported to have criticized his forwards. Mourinho was unaware that he was being filmed and he thought that it was only a private and light-hearted conversation with the head of Hublot during a sponsor’s event and the former Real Madrid coach stated that the main problem which Chelsea has is that they lack scorer.
I have Eto’o but he’s 32. Maybe 35, who knows?” Mourinho admitted.
Some days later during the press conference of Chelsea’s Champions League match against Galatasaray, Mourinho described the story to be a disgrace.
“I think you should be embarrassed as a media professional because, from an ethical point of view, I don’t think you should be happy not you, but a colleague is able to record a private conversation and make it public. You should all be a bit embarrassed because it’s against the ethics you have in your work. From an ethical point of view, it’s a real disgrace.”Mourinho told the media.
Even with the negative comments that Mourinho stated concerning Eto’o, the former Barcelona player stated that he does not need to prove himself or display what he is capable of doing.
“I am Samuel Eto’o, what can I say?” he told Sky Sports News after the Galatasaray match. If at 36 and 37 I can score three goals at Manchester United it means that I still have some juice and I can even score until I am 50. I do not have to explain anything. I triumphed with all the teams I played for, I’m the player I am and I want to help Chelsea to win a cup this season.”
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South Africa were recently knocked out of the African Nations Championship after being defeated 3-1 by Nigeria. This is the competition meant for players playing in Africa. Nigeria are the champions for the African cup of nations that includes players from around the world. South Africa are expected to be one of the challenges for the title itself given that they have strong domestic league, but it failed to have any effect on the tournament after they were knocked out in the group stages itself. This has led to the comments from sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who has branded the national team players as ‘a bunch of losers’.
South Africa were in the group containing Nigeria, Mali, and Mozambique. Mbalula says that the defeat was not as a result of coaching problems, but because the players were just not good enough. He says that the mediocrity shown by the players is something that should never be seen again. Big things were expected from South African football after the nation hosted the 2010 World Cup, while also going to host the African nations cup in the process as well. However, it appears that the players have not developed as much as the facilities.
South Africa will not play in this year’s edition of the World Cup after failing to qualify in a disappointing campaign.
“What I saw was not a problem of coaching, it was a bunch of losers. That mediocrity that was displayed… we must never wake up to that again. Their performance was not even lacklustre, it was useless. We must go back to the drawing board. We indeed have a crisis of monumental proportions. We don’t have a crisis of talent, we have a crisis of putting everything together. I felt like just standing up and walking out (the stadium),” said Mbalula.