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Fans expectant ahead of World Cup

30 May 2014, 11:22

Nairobi - The absence of the senior men's national team at the upcoming Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) World Cup in Brazil has not dampened the mood of football enthusiasts.

A majority of the fans have rallied behind the five representatives in the tournament scheduled for the South American country starting June 12.

The continent's defending champions Nigeria, Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana will feature at the event.

Ahead of the tournament, football followers urged the teams not to adopt "foreign" styles of play.

"Since inception of the World Cup, there is not even a single African nation that has ever won the glamorous FIFA world cup championship," Obert Adero observed.

"Africa only excels at junior levels, not at senior international football standrads. This is largely to Africans' approach towards their tactically superior opponents."

He profered a solution.

"In order to be different and effective, Africa should introduce own style of play, which is full of stamina, skill and aggression for goals," Adero said.

Odoka Uche, a Nigerian living in Nairobi concurred, saying the African representatives, including her country should rely on their physique and endurance to subdue their opponents.

"While the so-called developed nations have continued to dominate the FIFA World Cup, I strongly believe African can turn this around by introducing their own brand of football, which aimed at taking the world by surprise," he said.

"Firstly, for Africa to attain that, the continent must start hiring own coaches who understand the African players while here and there branding both African and European skills and tactics to win," Uche said.

However, Phylicia Chepchumba, a Kenyan national differed with the rest arguing that the level of play did not favour the from the start Africans.

"Out of the 32 nations contesting the World Cup, only five are from Africa while three other continents have the bulk of teams," she argued.

"I suspect some match officials are taught somewhere to ensure not even a single African team in this century would ever win the World Cup except in the junior level," said the fan.

She cited the example of Ghana, which was "robbed" of qualification to the semifinals at the tournament held in South Africa.

"We all saw what happened the inspired and skillful Ghanaian squad of 2010 in South Africa, how they were robbed of making history. Why is it that we don't have even one black referee at the world cup," asked Chepchumba.

However, Chepchumba conceded that the African teams should implement their own method and formula so as to progress in any competition.

"Kenyans always stand their ground at world athletics because the East African nation did not copy styles from anybody, but implementing African stance," she added.

None of the African teams are tipped to win the World Cup that runs for a month

 - CAJ News

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