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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 September 2007, 13:17 GMT 14:17 UK
Matthaus eyes African challenge
By Ibrahim Sannie

Lothar Matthaus
Lothar Matthaus would like to coach in Africa

German legend Lothar Matthaus says he would relish a return to the international scene by coaching a top African country.

Matthaus, who led his country to the World Cup in 1990, has not coached since June this year when he was forced to quit Red Bull Salzburg.

Having coached the Hungarian national team in 2004, the former World Player of the Year is keen on making a comeback on the international scene by coaching in Africa.

"Of course I am interested in becoming the coach of one of the top African national teams," Matthaus told BBC Sport.

"It would surely be a great mission for me in my coaching career and it would be really great to develop something there.

"I have always been interested in African football because of its great players and I want to be part of nurturing some of the exciting talent.

"African has the potential to cause major upsets at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa because of its talent and I am ready to provide a concept for success."

The former Germany many captain was full of praise for African players playing their trade in Europe saying they have contributed immensely to the growth of the game on both continents.

"African football has developed a lot in the last ten years," addded Matthaus, who played at five World Cups since 1982.

" No top team in Europe can stay at the top of competition without players from Africa.

"If you watched the Under 17 World Cup [which has just ended in South Korea] you would have noted that Nigeria and Ghana won against countries like Brazil and Argentina - this says it all.

"Players like (Didier) Drogba, (Michael) Essien, (Samuel) Eto'o, (Stephen) Appiah and (Freddy) Kanoute are have excelled in Europe and are world-class players."

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