Pele famously predicted that an African team would win the World Cup before the turn of the century. As the 2022 World Cup in Qatar looms, there has still yet to be an African team to win the biggest trophy in World football.
African football has had some big, big stars over the years. From Didier Drogba to Yaya Toure to Samuel Eto’o, there is no shortage of talent in Africa, but why hasn’t this translated onto the international stage?
There is a big reason for this, many footballers tend to commit to representing a European team, rather than the African nation in which they were born - this is most prominent in teams such as France.
However, there are more and more stars now, with more than one big star on different teams, which could lead to some African dominance in Qatar.