CAF President Ahmad laments Africa's 2018 World Cup performance

By Haruna Mubarak
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad
CAF President Ahmad Ahmad

CAF President Ahmad Ahmad has expressed his disappointment following Africa's 2018 World Cup performance in Russia.

The CAF President on a two-day crisis meeting with coaches, former footballers and technical experts discussed the cause of the abysmal display by the five nations representing the continent.

Egypt, Morroco, Tunisia, Nigeria as well as Senegal represented the continent at the World Cup but unfortunately, all the nations failed to progress to the knockout stage of the tournament.

"The five teams scored 15 goals in just 15 games while conceding 26 goals. They only won in three games, tied in two and lost 10," Ahmad said at the opening of the symposium in Rabat.

"None of them overcame the first round hurdle to take a place in the Round of 16. This was not good for Africa at the World Cup, I am disappointed."

"Even though we have never reached the semi-final stage of the World Cup, the African teams have always been better." The CAF President said.

The CAF President urged all African nations to work harder to find solutions to the problem.

"We must all work hard to get the African teams to compete better in upcoming World Cups. 

"We have the talent in Africa and the major European leagues with our best players, so where is the imbalance?" Ahmad asked.

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Nigeria and Senegal lost the spot to the knockout phase after the final matches of the group stages while Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco were all kicked out after the second round of games.