Issa Hayatou Sets Semi-Final Target For Black Stars

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has set the World Cup semi-final target for the Black Stars and the other four teams representing the continent at the summer World Cup in Brazil.

Aside Ghana, the other African representatives are: Cameroon, Nigeria, Cote d’ Ivoire and Algeria. Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana are the only African teams to have reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Cameroon achieved the feat at Italia 90, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana at the 2010 edition in South Africa.

But CAF President, Issa Hayatou, believes that time has come for an African team to break the quarter-final point.

Consequently he nudged African teams heading for the World Cup in Brazil to strive to reach the last four.

But Hayatou said a last-four berth at the June 12 to July 13 event by any of the 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 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,” Hayatou said.

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