Former Nigeria star Emmanuel Amunike believes that an African country can win the Fifa World Cup.
Amunike has also called for a reform of the international football calendar to allow more players from across Africa to reach their potential and play on the world’s biggest stage.
Several players have been asked for their inputs into a wide-ranging review on football’s future with some suggesting that fewer international breaks and staging the World Cup every two years would improve the competitive chances of smaller nations.
Speaking to Africanews.com, the former Tanzania national team coach said Africa need to develop their own players.
“The only way we Africans can do better is by going back and developing our players.
“It is true that we have a lot of great players playing in Europe, doing very well, but, of course, we also have to think about those playing in their country.
“How we can aid them to become much better players, and how we can develop them?,” he alluded.
The former Barcelona midfielder continued to explain that the amount of traveling involved in modern-day football causes unnecessary stress for all involved.
He is well placed to give advice on the international calendar having starred at the 1994 World Cup as the Super Eagles reached the last 16, before losing 2-1 to eventual runners-up Italy.
Several African players are making a mark in Europe from their fantastic records that include Mohammed Salah of Egypt, Sadio Mane of Senegal, Riyad Mahrez of Algeria and Pierre Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon.
With 102 Premier League goals, Mohamed Salah is the second-highest African goal scorer in the history of the league behind Chelsea legend Didier Drogba who has 104 goals in 254 matches.
By FARPost Reporter