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Africa was not ready for the World Cup- Legend Oppong Weah

Published on: 01 August 2014
Monrovia, Liberia - June 25, 2013: George Wea at his home in Monrovia. (Photograph by Morgana Wingard).

By Rahman Osman

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Liberia legend George Oppong Weah says the lack of adequate preparation cost the Africa’s representatives to excel at the just ended 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil.

The 1995 FIFA World Footballer of Year was not impressed with the performances of Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria.

Only two (Algeria and Nigeria) advanced from the Group stage but suffered exits at the first knockout round.

Algeria were by far the best performing African country at the tournament, succumbing to a slender 2-1 defeat to eventual winners Germany.

Nigeria were stopped at the round 16 by France while much-fancied Ivory Coast again buckled at the group stage despite being drawn in a relatively comfortable pool.

Ghana and Cameroon rocked their own campaigns with pay disputes.

Weah says Africa’s quintet was ill prepared for the tournament.

“Africa was not ready for the World Cup. I was in Brazil from the 12 June till the final day,” he exclusively told

“I was an analyst for one of the TV stations and most of us on the set all felt this was the tournament Africa had to impose ourselves.

“Africa has always had wonderful players but that doesn’t win championship. It’s a collective effort of the team.

“You have four years to prepare for the World Cup and a month to put your preparations into practice and most often than not we fail as a continent.

“Ghana had a very solid team and I feel devoid of the off-the-field matters they could have gone far whiles Cameroon in their last group game also showed what they were capable.

“Germany did not have the best individually but collectively they were the best.”


This article has 3 comment(s), give your comment
  • Kwabena says:
    August 02, 2014 08:28 am
    True dat,the least talked about team b4 the worldcup in Africa was Algeria but ended up the best performing side.Excellent analysis Weah.
  • the truth says:
    August 02, 2014 03:34 am
    he said it all. Only fools will blame akwasi appiah, you can lead a horse to the river but u can't force it to drink. off field issues, players revolting, and management refusing to pay the players their dues, led to our failure. now we have to shamefully wait another 4 years to have this opportunity again. I blame the players for our failure. wc represent more than $100k, it is a time to proof your worth, it either makes u or brake u. it is a time to represent ur nation no matter how dire the situation is, u must defend ur nation. these players, defended their pockets instead of the dignity of the nation and loyal fans. we are now the laughing stock of football. Zambia should have qualified ahead of us because they deserve to be at the wc. Akwasi Appiah have learned an important lesson which will probably lead us to a brighter future. am sure that lesson is to only invite players who are desciplined, and will fight for the honor of the nation and loyal fans not $.
  • Tanko says:
    August 01, 2014 04:53 pm
    I think we need to have an association of all past professional African footballers. George "Oppong Weah, Tony Baffoe, Abedi Pele, JJ Okocha, Siasia, Azmi Khalil, Kalysha Bwalya and Rabba Madger.... And more that not mentioned here should rise to the cl of African football. FIFA should also understand that African football can not survive with the help of governments in Africa! FIFA must provisions that allows governments in Africa or where ever is needed. The lack of decsipline in Africais not with the player body only and in fact the playing are always left with at option of indecsipline. The real people who are I decsiplined are out officials be the they in politics or in sports. Unless this done or similar set up, Africa would always fall short. Does FIFA really wants us out there? Maybe not! If they do want us on that big stage, they should facilitate for us certain rules that fits our style of living. Maladministration is our problem and it breeds nothing but indecsipline. So FIFA should help us kill Maladministration and corruption- both seemed to have the same meaning (Maladministration and corruptio) they must all go bye bye