Friday Jun 29, 2018. 11:30
Former Cote d’Ivoire striker Didier Drogba believes Africa will eventually win the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but said the approach to such tournaments must change.
The legend was speaking after the continent suffered a big set back following Senegal's exit from the tournament, highlighting the continent's worst World Cup showing in 36 years.
Senegal became the first team in World Cup history to go out on the fair play rule after losing to Colombia which saw them join Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia who have fallen at the group stage as well.
"Africa is going to be successful one day but we need to think again how we approach these big competitions," said Drogba to the BBC.
"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."
There is no team from Africa that has advanced beyond the quarter-finals in the World Cup as they have only managed three wins and lost 10 in 15 attempts.