Babayaro: African teams lack the discipline to win the World Cup
Babayaro: African teams lack the discipline to win the World Cup
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Babayaro: African teams lack the discipline to win the World Cup

Former Nigeria defender Celestine Babayaro says Europeans trump Africans with the ability to follow codes of planning and behaviour.

With the world yet to see World Cup champions from Africa, Babayaro believes the dream remains distant.

“If you talk about (winning) the World Cup it will take a long time,” he told BBC.

“Don’t forget I used to play for the national team of Nigeria, the difference is massive. For some reason our African teams are not as disciplined as the European sides and this is I being honest.

Ghana’s Black Stars remain the closest runners when they went as far as the quarter-finals in South Africa during 2010. The Black Stars narrowly lost out to Uruguayan on penalties after Asamoah Gyan had missed a penalty in the dying minutes of the game.

“I have seen the way the Europeans do their things. The discipline is so different.

“For us to be able to win the World Cup it will take a while unless if we get our act right before we can see a World Cup coming to Africa.

Though Nigeria became Olympics champions in 1996, Babayaro, who was part of the team, says it is a different ballgame to the world finals.

“The Olympics is the Olympics, the youth competitions are the youth competitions – it’s nothing like the grade A level which is the World Cup.

“The World cup is a different ball game, different animal. To be able to win that, it takes a lot of things to come together. You can’t have half and half.

“Everybody has to be on point. From the federation we need to stop hearing these things when you are in camp that this person has not been paid his wages or salaries or his bonuses things like that,” he concluded.

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