Once in every four years, the world stops and revolves around the world of football. The world cup is that time where countrymen are bonded in their search for glory.
Over the years, Nigeria and the many other African teams who have represented the continent at this tournament has made little progress in their bid to glorify the African continent with the world cup or even the least of the medals (bronze).
This year’s event packs new hope and the opportunity to write a different story. The football Legend Pelé believes Nigeria and other African countries hold the potential for making big impacts in the 2018 World Cup.
Pelé whose real names are, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, who has been a three time world champion said in a recent interview:
”I said so, because it’s amazing how many talented Africans are playing around the world, but when the time comes for national teams, then problems begin.
”It’s hard to say why so, because there is no special reason for that.
”Africans play leading roles in all positions, with the exception of goalkeepers. And the teams do not show themselves that way,”
Pelé could be correct, because even with stocks of talented players, no African team has ever reached the semifinals of the World Cup competition.
Russia 2018 will see top footballing African countries: Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal representing the continent.
While according to Pelé, he does not know why African teams like the Super Eagles underperform at the World Cup, Nigerians believe Russia 2018 will be the time to change the narrative.