The South African business magnate made the call during his two day visit to Ghana for the Youth Connekt Africa Summit where he was the main speaker at the International Conference Centre in Accra on Wednesday. Africa is yet to win the FIFA World Cup and the picture towards that feat for the continent looks increasingly difficult. Mr. Motsepe wants a better financial injection into football if the continent has to compete against the best globally.
“We must understand that Africa football will never be able to compete against the best in the world if it isn’t put in a significantly better financial position. “If it isn’t put in a significantly better funding position. “We want Europe to do that, we want South America to do that, we want the rest of the world to do that. “But we also recognize that, there has to be fundamental changes in the way that football throughout the world is conducted.” Patrice Motsepe said.
The best results Africa has ever achieved at the FIFA World Cup are quarter final places for Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana. Cameroon managed a quarter final place finish at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy with the Teranga Lions of Senegal finishing in the same position in Japan/Korea 2002. The Black Stars of Ghana made that slot at Patrice Motsepe’s nation in 2010 where they were eliminated by Uruguay through the penalty shootouts after the entire 90 minutes and extra time had ended.
Winning the FIFA World Cup by an African nation will be extremely difficult judging from the fact that, the continent refuses to inject much resources into the sport. African governments find extremely difficult to want to inject funds into sports for that matter football and that makes it difficult for the nations mostly competing at the FIFA World Cup to struggle a lot when participating at the Mundial. Ghana made three consecutive appearances at the FIFA World Cup starting from 2006 in Germany with the second appearance in South Africa in 2010. The third appearance was in 2014 in Brazil and they failed to appear in the 2018 edition in Russia. This is Dr. Patrice Motsepe’s first visit to Ghana since his election into office as President of CAF in March 2021, succeeding Malagasy, Ahmad Ahmad.
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