- Reneilwe 'Yeye' Letsholonyane believes the ability of African teams to score goals was a major concern and weakness at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
- All five of the African teams failed to make it past the first stage of the 2018 tournament
- Yeye said African teams dominated possession but failed to convert their scoring chances
Reneilwe 'Yeye' Letsholonyane the former Bafana Bafana midfielder has given his opinion about the performance of African teams at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Yeye said scoring goals and converting on scoring opportunities was Africa’s weakness.
All five of the African teams (Egypt, Senegal, Nigeria, Morocco and Tunisia) failed to make an impact on the tournament and despite some high-hopes for some of the team’s none of them made it to the second round of the 2018 tournament.
Yeye said from what he saw it was clear that African teams dominated possession and field position in their matches but crucially failed to convert their scoring opportunities.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Yeye noted that this phenomenon was not just a South African problem, but teams up and down the continent struggled to score goals and with finishing off attacking moves.
This failure to finish has been lamented by many coaches, Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy famously lost his cool earlier this year and threatened to start playing for the club himself. This came after his young players struggled to score against a hapless side.
News24.com reported that Yeye said this lack of finish proved that Africans needed to work on finishing because it was clear that merely holding onto the ball was not enough to win on the big stage.
Yeye said he still believed that an African country will win the World Cup at some stage. He pointed out that the 2026 World Cup will be a great opportunity because the tournament will be expanded to include 64 teams.
FIFA has confirmed that the CAF region which represents Africa will have at least nine entries at the 2026 tournament as compared to the current five.
Yeye believes more African teams at the World Cup will almost certainly guarantee that at least some of them will move beyond the group stages and possibly go all the way to glory.
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