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African football has suffered a “big step back” as Senegal leaves 2018 WC

Didier Drogba
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The only African team still standing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia – Senegal – have their World Cup progress crashed out on Thursday by Colombia.

Senegal’s side is also the first team in World Cup history to go out on the fair play rule after Colombia defeated them. Even, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia had already fallen at the group stage.

Reacting to the exit of African teams from the World Cup, Ivory Coast striker Drogba told BBC.

“Africa is going to be successful one day but we need to think again how we approach these big competitions,”

No African team has ever advanced beyond the quarter-finals at a World Cup.

“It’s a big step back,” added Drogba, who scored 65 times in 104 appearances for Ivory Coast, on Match of the Day.

“I also think it is a chance for all the African teams and for the African Confederation maybe to reconsider the strategy and how we want to go forward.

“What do we want to do in the next World Cup? We have the potential, we have the money to develop, but we need more than that.

“We need to have the consistency and the structure of the European teams and the South American teams.

“We are going to be successful one day but we need to think again how we approach these big competitions.”