Former Chelsea striker and Ivorian all time top scorer Drodgba has unveiled the secrete behind the low performance of African countries at the World Cup stage.
According to the history of the tournament no African team has ever reached the semi-finals of the competition and that doesn’t appear likely to change at Qatar 2022.
Drogba, Ivory Coast’s all-time top goal scorer, and former captain played at 2006, 2010, and 2014 World Cups, but his national team failed to make it beyond the group stage at all three tournaments.
Speaking to the BBC, he said that while it is tough to pinpoint exactly what the problem is, he did have one theory that may explain the struggles.
‘When you look at the game [Senegal vs the Netherlands], Mane on his own couldn’t have done much better than what we saw,’ the former striker said.
‘It’s very difficult for African teams because you’ve got individualities. They’re very good at their clubs, especially those playing in Europe.
‘But when they come together, it becomes more difficult for the manager to find the right system. To play the right guys at the right position, to keep that intensity that is required when you play at that kind of level.’