Drogba: Africa has taken a step back
Posted: 29 June 2018 Time: 11:30
Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba says this FIFA World Cup has been a 'big step back' for African football following the continent's worst performance since 1982.
Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt were Africa's five teams at Russia 2018 and initially brought about major optimism due to the strength of their playing squads.
However, all five representatives failed to progress to the last-16 for the first time in 36 years - with Drogba suggesting their tactical naivety is to blame for the regression.
The 2014 edition in Brazil saw Algeria and Nigeria in the knockout stage, but no African side has ever progressed further than the quarter-finals.
"Africa is going to be successful one day but we need to think again how we approach these big competitions," the former Premier League star told BBC Football. "It's a big step back.
"I also think it is a chance for all the African teams and for the African Confederation maybe to reconsider the strategy and how we want to go forward.
"What do we want to do in the next World Cup? We have the potential, we have the money to develop, but we need more than that.
"We need to have the consistency and the structure of the European teams and the South American teams.
"We are going to be successful one day but we need to think again how we approach these big competitions."