Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said for African football to succeed and develop teams capable of challenging for the World, more African coaches will be needed.
The dreadlocked 42-year-old said great players from African teams were now turning to coach and could provide a crucial boost to African football.
“I represent a new generation that would like to have its place among African football and world football,” he said, according to AFP.
“We’re good players with pasts as professional football players and are very good tactically. We have the right to be among the top international coaches.”
Cisse, whose Senegal side open their World Cup campaign in Russia with a Group H clash against Poland on Tuesday, said African teams would eventually be as successful as the European and South American giants.
“I am certain that one day an African team, an African country, will win the World Cup,” he said. But he said it would take time, adding:
“It’s a bit more complicated in our countries. We face realities that are not there in other continents.” “But Africa is full of quality and we’re on the way,” he said.
“We fully trust our football, we have no complexes. “You see lots of African players in European clubs, now we need African coaches for our continent to go ahead.”
Senegal are one of five African teams at the tournament in Russia but they are the only one coached by an African.