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No African team can reach World Cup semis - Cameroon legend Omam-Biyik

Published on: 28 February 2014

By Patrick Akoto

Cameroon legend François Omam-Biyik has ruled out the chances of the African representatives reaching the semi-finals at the 2014 World Cup.

The continent will be represented by five countries including Cote D’voire, Ghana, Nigeria Algeria and his native Cameroon.

Nigeria, Ghana and Cote D’voire are largely seen as the teams that could reach the last four of the world elite competition due to their pedigree on the African landscape.

However, Oman-Biyak, who played at three World Cup finals in 1990, 94 and 98, says none of the continent’s reps can go far in Brazil.

“We don’t have formidable teams that can compete in World Cup, at this year’s competition, we have five teams representing the continent but only one of them might qualify for the quarterfinals,” he said

“This happens mostly because we have mentality of picking players to compete in African football and select another different side when playing in World Cup.

“Indomitable Lions don’t have strong players that can beat the South America teams and Croatia not even with Samuel Eto’o because he plays different for Cameroon compared to Chelsea.

Many are rooting for the Black Stars to become the first country on the continent to reach the semi-finals following their progressive performances at the mundial in 2010 and 2014.

A Luiz Suarez late, late handball denied the West Africans the chance to make it into the last four in South Africa four years ago.


This article has 13 comment(s), give your comment
  • sam va says:
    February 28, 2014 12:54 pm
    Watch the black stars bring the world cup to ghana
  • lalasu says:
    February 28, 2014 11:30 am
    l must say that this is jealousy...such are some backward mentality of some disappointed African footballers. instead of encouraging the African teams to do better, look at what he is saying...always pulling ourselves down when others re going upwards. who knew that Cameroon could beat Argentina in the 1990 world cup...Omam get something better to do for ur nation n stop this backward mentality ideology
  • Pasi says:
    March 01, 2014 12:01 pm
    Who ever thought Greece and Denmark can become European Champions. What about Zambia being African Champion who ever thought. No offence here Zambians.Who ever thought Wigan will FA cup winners against City.. who ever thought Our nemesis will win their first world cup against highly fancied Brazil... Hope + faith: impossible is nothing. I am living testimony to that!!
  • keith from germany says:
    February 28, 2014 01:05 pm
    My fellow ghanaian brothers why are u always intolerant when it comes to opinions? Francois oman-biyik is airing his view so just allow him as we all have our opinions. There is absolutely no need of insulting because we ghanaians have to be ready to accept other opinions even if it doesnt sound great in our ears. As much as we all talk n talk at the end of the day the field of play is gonna decide. Oman biyik we shall see
  • the truth says:
    February 28, 2014 01:49 pm
    He will eat his words with salt when at least 2 african teams reach the semis and possibly the finals
  • millennium says:
    February 28, 2014 02:01 pm
    Thanks Keith. that has been my point. The man has given his reasons why no African can achieve more than ghana did at 2010 world cup. if u disagree, tell us with reasons why u think an African team or Ghana can win the world cup in a southern American country.
  • keith from germany says:
    February 28, 2014 03:13 pm
    Yeah millenium.this kind of attitude is way too bad. I hav been following proceedings at and i like the way they debate without insulting. Their level of debate n maturity is very high and i guess we can learn a thing or two from them. Let us make this website insult free
  • Arafar says:
    February 28, 2014 03:48 pm
    He has every right to his opinion. If Obama has become the first black president of the United States of America, I therefore see no reason why an African country cannot reach semi finals in Brazil. Thanks
  • keith from germany says:
    February 28, 2014 04:26 pm
    Good point arafar.i like ur level of maturity thumbs up and keep the good work up
  • 21guns says:
    February 28, 2014 07:05 pm
    That is an idea
  • Seth says:
    February 28, 2014 08:50 pm
    The attitude of stifling free speech is a hallmark of the African pattern of debate and discourse. A clear cut example is here with people insulting the Cameroonian legend, Francois Oman-Biyik for expressing his opinion. Why would Oman-Biyik not want an African country to win the World Cup? But the man understands football as he has played it at the highest stage. Moreover, he clearly understands that all African teams for this year's Mundial have glaring weaknesses. For example, none of them have a formidable defense capable of sustaining the onslaughts of the best strikers in the world. Are these the teams that are capable of reaching the semi finals?
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    March 01, 2014 03:30 am
    The reason is that its possible,expand your horizon and see far, stop living in a box, every year is not the same, are you still 10yrs old or your age change every year, things change they don't stay the same so WATCH GHANA COME UP. hopes enough reason for you in that lil box you live in.
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    March 01, 2014 03:40 am
    Go to sleep please, are you saying none of the European teams will conceive any goals because of the their so called STRONG DEFENSE, why is soo many Africans have slave mentality strongly built into their skulls, wake up , its 2014, motivation and belief is the key.