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Monday, 17 June, 2002, 12:11 GMT 13:11 UK
World Cup: What next for Senegal?
Senegal is the only African team that has made it through to the knock-out stages of the World Cup.

Nigeria and Cameroon were expected to do well after their performances in the African Cup of Nations in Mali.

The two nations have an array of stars playing in top European leagues.

So what went wrong and who should be blamed? Was it overconfidence or lack of discipline?

And how much further can Senegal go?

This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.


Your reaction

The overall poor and disappointing performance of four of the five African teams, the so-called African soccer powerhouses, in this year's World Cup should serve as a wake-up call for countries like Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, and many others who have so far not been fortunate to make a debut on the world stage, to step up and breathe new life into African soccer! All I can say is, thanks to the rookie Senegal, we've avoided a total blow out. I am hopeful we will see a few more "Senegals" in 2006!
Lloyd R. Nagbe, USA


We need a new breed of African teams like Senegal

Samuel John, USA
The lack of adequate preparations, strong and effective leadership, discipline on and off the pitch and respect from referees and Western media are some of the factors that will continue to affect African teams' success in the World Cup. African's should never be naive enough to think they would win the World Cup with team's like Nigeria or Cameroon representing us. Most of these players are not that committed or hungry enough, or have nothing to prove as professionals. The World Cup is not all about physical skills or talents - a certain amount of mental toughness and discipline are also necessary, as witnessed with the African teams. This is what caused their demise, a lack of discipline. The honeymoon is over for Cameroon. We need a new breed of African teams like Senegal, but I suspect Liberia could have done better had they qualified.
Samuel John, USA

Cameroon seemed over confident and failed play defensively at their own expense. However, in terms of art and style, they still proved that African soccer has matured indeed. I hope we learn from the errors committed this time round.
George Bamu, Cameroon

I think the Senegalese will represent Africa by going as far as the quarter finals.
Wally Agume, Cameroon/USA


This is the time for Senegal to bring the cup to the African continent

Alhaji Lamin Cherif, USA
If only Senegal could place more confidence and determination in themselves, they could exceed all expectations. This is the time for Senegal to bring the cup to the African continent. I have confidence in them and I pray that God will guide them through.
Alhaji Lamin Cherif, USA

I would like to see Senegal go all the way to the final. What a dream final it would be if they met the USA!
Richard Clifford, USA

Having watched most of World Cup games, I have a strong conviction that Senegal could well make it to the semis.
Sultan Al Kamara, USA

See also:

12 Jun 02 | Senegal
11 Jun 02 | Senegal
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