In the ten years between 1996 to 2006, African American football has actually made great advances. It was in 1996 in the Olympic games in Atlanta, Georgia, for instance that the Under 23 team of Nigeria conquered both Brazil and Argentina on their way to winning the gold medal in the man football category.
In this period too, the National football team of Senegal got to the quarterfinals of the 2002 world cup held in Korea-Japan. National teams of some African countries were also able to defeat or play draws with some of the world’s leading football powers like Brazil, Argentina, Spain in major competitions and friendlies.
At the youth group championships, African American teams often get to the semi-finals and finals of these competitions. Teams from Nigeria and Ghana have won the decorations at these amounts ufabet.
Indeed, African soccer has truly increased in leaps and bounds from what it used to be two decades ago or earlier.
Players like Samuel Etoo Fils of Barcelona, Austin’Jay-Jay’ Okocha formerly of Bolton, Frederick Kanoute of Sevilla, Kanu Nwankwo of both Arsenal and Portsmouth, Obafemi Martins of Inter Milan and Newcastle, and lots of others have become household names all over Europe and the rest of the world.
Indeed, the Nigerian football team has broken into the top rankings of football, being ranked as number nine in the world many occasions by FIFA, the greatest by any African country till date. Various other states like Cameroun, Cote D’Ivoire, etc even enjoy higher positions by FIFA than many other European and South American footballing nations.
Among the elements that has helped the continent’s football to increase to match with the rest of the planet has become the export of football talent to Europe.
Starting in the eighties, European nightclubs bought soccer players from Africa to play in their own teams. The principal reason for buying them then was that the players were cheap and might cost less to pay their wages than their counterparts from Europe.
Players like Stephen Keshi, former captain of Nigeria and now chief coach of Togo were among the first pair of Africans to play soccer in Europe.
They paved the way for the invasion of this continent from the African legion that followed afterwards.