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CAF boss Hayatou sets World Cup semi-final target for Black Stars

Published on: 12 March 2014
Hayatou wants the Black Stars to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup

CAF boss Issa Hayatou, has nudged the five African teams at the 2014 FIFA World Cup including the Black Stars of Ghana to strive to reach the last four.

PANA reports that no African team has ever gone beyond the quarter-finals stage of the global football extravaganza.

But Hayatou said a last-four berth at the June 12 to July 13 event by any of Africa’s flagbearers in Brazil would be an icing on the cake.

He said this would be for the successes African  football has recorded, especially in the past 26 years of CAF.

“What will make me happy now, after all these achievements, will be to get even more successes for African football,” CAF’s media outlet quoted Hayatou to have said.

“We continue with massive strides on all fronts of  football development and, going into the 2014 FIFA World Cup, I do not see why Africa cannot have one or two of our representatives reach the semi-finals or indeed even the final of the World Cup during my time as President.”

Africa’s five representatives at the tournament are the Desert Foxes of Algeria, Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions, the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana’s Black Stars and Nigeria’s Super Eagles.

Only three African teams — Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal — have ever reached the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup.

This was since Africa’s first representation by Egypt at the 1934 World Cup in Italy.



This article has 3 comment(s), give your comment
  • king bates says:
    March 12, 2014 11:21 am
    It unfortunate nigeria super chikens were crush out of their easy group,
  • Papadinho says:
    March 12, 2014 08:59 am
    Stupid GSN he didn't even mentioned Ghana. Kwasia who wrote this piece of shit? You should be ashamed of yourself. Stop this fake reports before God strikes you down. Bless
  • Godwins says:
    March 12, 2014 11:53 am
    Seriously this GSN is crap! I saw this same piece of news in KickOffNigeria with a more subtle caption: Africa needs a semi finalist. Modesty and humility are really lacking in this country called Ghana and I wonder where we learnt our boastful life.