Togo coach says African football is worse than it was 20 years ago

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Claude Le Roy looks on during quarter-final soccer match of the 2015 African Cup of Nations against Democratic Republic of Congo in Bata January 31, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Files
 January 17, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Togo coach Claude Le Roy feels African football is on a regression and is worse than it was 20 years ago.

Following the failure by all five African teams to get past the group stages at the 2018 Fifa World Cup, Le Roy views the game on the continent to be on a downward spiral.

“Players will stay in Africa if there is a good level of competition and good pitches, good balls, good nets, good physios – that’s why we have to fight every day,” BBC quoted Le Roy as saying.

“Africa has to think about (the fact that) not one team went into the second round (of the World Cup in Russia). It is necessary to reorganise football in Africa from the quality of the pitch, the quality of the coaches, the educators. There has been no progress, there is no improvement in Africa at this level I think it is even worse than 20 years ago.”

“Such huge talent but we need young African educators everywhere (especially) in youth leagues.”

Le Roy has also been previously in charge of DR Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Ghana and Senegal.

The Frenchman also took a swipe of unscrupulous player agents involved in the trafficking of young players to Europe.

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