Sunday Oliseh, a Nigerian legend, believes African football has yet to reach its full potential but believes there is one team on the continent capable of winning the FIFA World Cup in Qatar later this year.
Oliseh was a member of the Super Eagles team that won the gold medal at the Olympic Games in Atlanta two years later after excelling at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.
As a result, he is well placed to discuss Africa’s potential and why we have yet to fulfill Pele’s prophecy of a team from the continent winning the World Cup by the year 2000.
“There is one team that can win it in Africa and that is Senegal,” Oliseh told The COSAFA Show. “I have been following them for the past few years and watching the players in Europe, and the importance that they bring to their clubs.
“Senegal currently has the best goalkeeper in the world [Edouard Mendy], he makes saves, he is calm, and has height.
“They also have one of the best central defenders in the world in Kalidou Koulibaly. I am amazed he is still at Napoli! He is solid on the ball, solid on the man, he can even move from the defense to the defensive midfield role.
“And then they have Sadio Mane, and I don’t need to say any more about him. They also have an African coach [Aliou Cisse] that has been there for eight years now.
“So they have continuity, they have the talent and the exposure, all that is lacking in this team, in my opinion, is that high-level organization. They need to go there with the view that they can win it.”
In this episode, we also speak with Eswatini coach Dominic Kunene about their advancement to the next stage of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, as well as Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos about their 5-0 loss in France.
We also get a look at Mamelodi Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi as the club prepares to make CAF Champions League history this weekend.