Stephen Appiah bemoans poor African showing at World Cup 2018

Stephen Appiah bemoans poor African showing at World Cup 2018

- Former Ghana captain Appiah played at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups

- Africa's showing at Russia 2018 was the poorest since 1982

Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah has hadhis say on Africa's disastrous campaign at Russia. Appiah,who himself was twice at the World Cup with Ghana, was speaking with football website Goal

Stephen Appiah said clear problems in the technical aspects of the game contributed to Africa's poor showing. The former Juventus and Fenerbahce ace remarked: “I think African countries must lift up their game at the World Cup,"

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"It's not good if all our participants are eliminated at the group stage - not encouraging at all.

“We're lacking in some technical aspects".

Stephen Appiah bemoans poor African showing at World Cup 2018

Stephen Appiah at the World Cup in South Africa against Uruguay. Photo credit: Getty Images

All of Africa's teams failed to advance beyond the group stage. This is the first time since 1982 that such poor showing has happened.

Appiah went on: "It's not good if all our participants are eliminated at the group stage - not encouraging at all.

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“We're lacking in some technical aspects. Africa's best performance since debuting at the World Cup in 1934 remains quarterfinal berths by Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana in 1990, 2002 and 2010 respectively.

"Nigeria were six minutes away from making it to the next stage but they could not delay time and stood there for Argentina to score," Appiah continued.

He made comparisons as to what African sides might learn from Belgium, for instance:

"Belgium resorted to technical time delay against Brazil in the final six minutes when the heat was on them.

"They always located Hazard who stood on the ball and drew fouls just to kill time, it's about time we learn some of these things."

Appiah hoped that going into subsequent World Cup African teams can do better especially with the incoming increase in teams from 5 to 9.

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'Il Kapitano' as he is affectionately called is currently the technical coordinator for Ghana's Black Stars. He will be looking to help his side get back to the world stage at Qatar 2022.

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