World Cup 2022: Why African countries struggle to perform – Chelsea legend, Drogba

Didier Drogba, a Chelsea icon, has provided an explanation for why African nations consistently perform poorly at World Cup competitions.

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba

Last Sunday marked the start of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, with the host nation falling to Ecuador 2-0.

There has never been an African nation in the World Cup semifinals, and it doesn’t look like that will change in Qatar.

Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba

Senegal, which earlier this year won the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), fell to the Netherlands 2-0 despite playing without their top player Sadio Mane, who has since been ruled out of the competition due to injury.

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On Wednesday, Tunisia and Denmark drew 0-0, and Morocco drew 0-0 with Croatia.

Despite the fact that Cameroon and Ghana have yet to play their first matches, Drogba thinks that African teams suffer because of regional differences.

The Ivory Coast’s all-time leading scorer told the BBC that Sadio Mane could not have performed any better than what was witnessed in the match between Senegal and the Netherlands on his own.

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It’s very difficult for African teams because you have got individualities. They are very good at their clubs, especially those playing in Europe.

“But when they come together, it becomes more difficult for the manager to find the right system. To play the right guys at the right position, to keep that intensity that’s required when you play at that kind of level.

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