Former Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba has shared his thoughts on the elimination of all five African teams at the ongoing World Cup in Russia.
The Chelsea legend believes important changes must been carried out locally in order for African sides to make valuable statement at the global competition.
For the first time since 1982, no African team progressed from the group stage of the World Cup, as Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Nigeria and Senegal bowed out one by one.
“It’s a big step backward. I think it’s time for African teams and the Confederation of African Football to reconsider their strategies and how to move forward,” Drogba said.
“Africa will succeed one day but we have to think again about how we approach these big competitions.
“What do we want to do at the next World Cup? We have the potential, we have the money to develop, but we need more than that. We must have the type of coherence and structure that European teams and South American teams have.
“We must think again about how we approach these great competitions, and that is the only way we can succeed,” he said.