Sports News of Tuesday, 19 January 2016
Former Holland international with Ghanaian descent George Boateng has attributed the failure of the African teams at the FIFA World Cup to poor organization.
According to Boateng, who is in Ghana with former Arsenal defender Sol Campbell under the patronage of Primeval Media, who are organising two friendly matches, to preach peace ahead of the November polls, African teams have what it take to compete at the highest level but the poor organization always draws them back.
“Organisation is poor, it’s below par and needs to improve dramatically not by 10 percent, but 100 percent,” Boateng told Morning Starr host Nii Arday Clegg Tuesday on Starr 103.5FM.
He added “when you are in Europe and you hear the preparation for the World Cup… Germany builds their own training grounds, they set up everything, they have got their schedule and then you hear the stories coming from the African countries that bonuses haven’t been paid, hotels are not sorted, things like that disturb and don’t give hope to the nation.”
“Quality wise, on the pitch, I think we are up there…African teams can compete. If you can have those upsets that means you are capable of beating the top teams, which are normally going to be there in the finals, semi-finals and quarter-finals.
“So, if you can do that in the early stages, you are capable of doing it in the final,” the former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough captain said.