Better Start Talking About Africa

22 03 2009

For decades, football pundits have spilled their backhanded praises towards africa.  They are supposed to be the emerging power in the football world yet they are not able to get past the quarterfinals of the world’s greatest sporting event.

Let’s get something straight… Africa has arrived.  They are as much a part of the world footballing spectrum, the reality is that europe and South America Do Not want to admit it, publicly at least.

Yes, there are certain problems in the region socially, economically; and to a exponentially lesser degree at the federation level.  The withdrawal of eritrea and the removal of  Ethiopia were a tremendous black eye for the federation.  yet, you cannot deny that the level of play and athleticism that the other teams showed make this region a just as tough as the big two.

I sure as hell hope that this is their time.   Many have worked for this moment and now they are primed and ready to show the world what they are truly about.   I truly want the six teams to give their best come next winter for them to be major protagonists.  This generation of players are accustomed now to the success of national teams at the different youth levels as well as in the Olympics.  These players are among the elite in some of the world’s best leagues.   I mean they didn’t come from the sky or landed on European Shores by accident.  Quite the opposite, it was the European clubs that went after them.  This generation of african player is not your dad’s

also include the fact that the groups are set up in such a way that the historically best teams in the region will be present in South Africa this coming summer.

Ok, there will be no Senegal this time around as they were bounced in the second round of the  qualifiers.  still you will have the creme de la creme of African football

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