Koulibaly challenged African teams to aim higher when it comes to the World Cup.
Senegalese national team captain, Kalidou Koulibaly, believes the African champions have everything it takes to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The Chelsea FC defender made his views known during an interview with BBC Sport Africa, insisting that African nations must think beyond just advancing through the group stage.
“African nations are lacking self-esteem and self-awareness that they can really win a World Cup. We consider that going past the group stage is a good thing, but we should set higher goals for ourselves. I don’t think that the French team or the English team are happy with going through the group stages – they want to go further. We should have the same mindset. That’s what I am trying to bring to Senegal. I think it’s time that an African country delivers and wins the World Cup, because we are a very talented continent. We have great players.”
The best feat African teams have achieved in the World Cup is the quarter-finals (Cameroun in 1990, Senegal in 2002, and Ghana in 2010). This year’s edition of the global showpiece is expected to kick off on Sunday, November 20 when Qatar confronts Ecuador.
Senegal is placed in the Group A alongside hosts, Qatar, Netherlands, and Ecuador. The Teranga Lions will start their World Cup campaign on November 21 against Netherlands.