Drogba: Why African teams struggle at World Cups

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Didier Drogba
Didier Drogba

Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba has explained why African nations struggle in World Cup tournaments. 

Five African nations are participating at the showpiece in Qatar, all of whom will be hoping they can write their names into history books by becoming the first country from the continent to go further than the quarter-finals.

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Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana are the only three African sides who have reached the quarters to date, having done so in the 1990, 2002 and 2010 editions, respectively. 

As things stand, the nations from the African continent are yet to secure a victory in this year's tournament, with Tunisia and Morocco both drawing 0-0 in their World Cup openers against Denmark and Croatia, respectively, while Senegal and Cameroon have opened their campaigns with defeats to the Netherlands and Switzerland.

In a recent interview with the BBC, former Chelsea star Drogba shared his theory as to why teams from the continent appear to struggle on football's biggest stage.

"When you look at the game [Senegal's 2-0 loss to the Netherlands on Monday], [Sadio] Mane on his own couldn't have done much better than what we saw," the veteran said.

"It's very difficult for African teams because you've got individualities.

"They're very good in their clubs, especially those playing in Europe.

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"But when they come together, it becomes more difficult for the manager to find the right system.

"To play the right guys at the right position, to keep that intensity that is required when you play at that kind of level."

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