Sadio Mane of Senegal celebrates a goal with teammates during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers football match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 10 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Thursday Apr 19, 2018. 09:31
Ex-Cameroon international defender Lauren has revealed doubts about African teams’ chances at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The former Arsenal player believes Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, Senegal and Nigeria do not have a chance to achieve glory as they will represent the continent in Russia.
The ex-Gunners campaigner represented the Indomitable Lions at the 1998 and the 2001 World Cups and won two African Cup of Nations trophies with his national team.
“I could say Africa will be in the semis, we’re going to win, but that’s not the reality,” the former defender told BBC Sport.
“To be honest with you I can’t see any of them going further than the quarter-finals.
“This is my honest opinion because we are still one step behind the top teams. I can’t see them challenge the Germans, Argentina, Spain or Brazil. They are not on that level.”
With the Roger Milla's Cameroon-led side becoming the first African team to reach the quarter-finals in 1990, Senegal shocked many in 2002 and the Black Stars of Ghana became the third side to do so in 2010.
However, the 41-year-old added that things are not properly done on the continent and he wants to help African football grow.
“I don’t like to lie to people. I am very honest, I speak my mind because we don’t do things the right way,” he added.
“It happens in football, it happens in so many other African societies.
“Politics is in my blood but I wouldn’t like to really get into politics, but maybe to try to help African football with the knowledge I have got about business and how to do things in a structural way.”