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Monday, January 18, 2010

Could This Be The Reason Africa Doesn't Do That Well At World Cups

I found this extremely interesting article on how African nations use over-age players in tournaments. The author thinks this is preventing the development of players and could be the reason why African countries seemingly underperform at major tournaments.

The argument he puts forward is that: because African nations use overage players in Under 21 and Under 18 tournaments, they are not challenged sufficiently by playing against players of their own age group. Consequently, when they do come up against such players at things like the World Cup Finals, they are easily outmuscled and outplayed.

I'm not sure I'm 100% in agreement with his conclusions, but it's a thought provoking piece, so I suggest you check it out

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