Hayatou sets World Cup target for Africa’s ‘big five’

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 Issa Hayatou

Cairo, Egypt (PANA) – The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr. Issa Hayatou, has nudged African teams heading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to strive to reach the last four.

No African team has ever gone beyond the quarter-final stage of the four-yearly global football extravaganza.

But Hayatou said a last-four berth by any of Africa’s flagbearers in Brazil would be an icing on the cake for the successes which African football has recorded, especially in the past 26 years of CAF.

“What will make me happy now, after all these achievements will be to get even more successes for African football,” CAF’s media outlet quoted Hayatou to have said. ”We continue with massive strides on all fronts of football development and going into the 2014 FIFA World Cup, I do not see why Africa cannot have one or two of our representatives reach the semi-finals or indeed even the final of the World Cup during my time as President.”

Africa’s five representatives at the June 12 – July 13 tournament are the Desert Foxes of Algeria, Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions, the Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana’s Black Stars and Nigeria’s Super Eagles.

Only three African teams – Cameroon, Ghana and Senegal – have ever reached the quarter-final of the FIFA World Cup since Africa’s first representation (by Egypt) at the 1934 World Cup in Italy.