Legendary Liverpool forward John Barnes believes Africa will have to wait for at least two more decades to win the FIFA World Cup.
No African country has ever reached the World Cup semifinals with Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal the only three sides of 13 countries top have qualified for the tournament to have advanced to the quarterfinals.
Barnes was in Zambia on a one-day stop as Liverpool ambassador courtesy of the EPL club’s sponsors Standard Chartered Bank.
“It is very difficult to win the World Cup, it is very difficult to get to the quarterfinals, very difficult to get to the semi finals,” Barnes said in Lusaka on Thursday.
“I can’t really see an African team winning the World Cup in the next 20 years.”
Nigeria and Algeria were the only African sides in Brazil to make it out of the group stage.
“African teams are doing well, they are getting better placed with their players playing abroad,” Barnes said.
“If you look at the African players, they are playing in top teams in Europe, they have to come back and help their country to do well.
“What would help is if the African players came back and probably played with the same attitude and desire for their country as they do with their clubs because we see when they play for their clubs they play with desire and good attitude, but when they come back to play for their country they have problems internally, off the field problems.”