Ex-Super Eagles player, Emmanuel Amunike says the Russia 2018 World Cup was a disappointment for Africa who must now embrace the development of their youth football.
The former Barcelona player who is a member of the FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) stated this on Thursday when the members of the Study Group held a media briefing at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
He said, “The World Cup was a disappointment for African teams because the expectations were much higher.”
“Football has developed a lot and it will continue to change. If we don’t embrace youth development and just continue to dream then we won’t be successful”
“Raw talent alone doesn’t give you good results. We have the responsibility to not just rely on talent but teach the young players how to anticipate and read the game”
The TSG members comprises of Carlos Alberto Parreira who heads the group, Marco Van Basten, Bora Milutinovic, Emmanuel Amunike and Andy Roxburgh.
The FIFA Technical Study Group (TSG) is comprised of a number of recognised football experts who analyse every game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.