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Weah Believes African Nation Can Lift 2018 World Cup

George Weah Believes African Nation Can Lift 2018 World Cup

By David Kappel - Mar 07, 2018 10:02 AM @kappilinho

George Weah, Africa's only Ballon d'Or winner to date, believes a certain African nation could lift the FIFA World Cup in Russia if they can avoid off-pitch distractions such as bonus payment rows.

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No African team has ever gone further than the quarter-finals of the World Cup, but there is excitement around the continent's representatives for 2018, namely Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia and Morocco.

The new president of Liberia, who starred for AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain in the 1990s, has insisted the Super Eagles could go all the way at Russia 2018.

"I have played with great Nigerian players, I played against them. Now you have a new generation, the fact that they qualified is a good thing for Nigeria," Weah said during a state visit with Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari, as quoted by AS.

"But I hope they'll prepare very early because they're going to represent Africa and we'll be there to watch them, for them to bring the trophy for the first time if it’s possible."

Nigeria's most recent World Cup appearance, in Brazil in 2014, was overshadowed by a bonus payment row, with players deliberately missing training in order to force the Nigeria Football Federation to pay outstanding bonuses.

However, Weah has insisted the officials need to get their act in order so that players can focus fully on football.

"So, let the players not have an excuse, support them and bring back the cup," Weah added.

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Nigeria have been drawn in Group D alongside Argentina, whom they beat 4-2 in a friendly in November, Iceland and Croatia.

Do you think any of the African teams has what it takes to lift the trophy in Russia? Have your say in the comments section below.


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MESSIAHKHOSI Joined: 21 Feb 2018
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MESSIAHKHOSI Mar 15, 2018 12:01 PM
Atjhe.... this one talks the impossible, you know for a fact we aint winning this soon.
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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Mar 07, 2018 02:45 PM
Mybe egypt or morocco
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Gabriel innocent mugabe Joined: 15 Nov 2017
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Gabriel innocent mugabe Mar 07, 2018 02:42 PM
@Myaka weliPhefeni !!! they faild to qualify for worldcup
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Ntsunda11 Joined: 17 Feb 2016
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Ntsunda11 Mar 07, 2018 01:04 PM
It's nice to have some wonderful dreams
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Myaka weliPhefeni Joined: 14 Jul 2016
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Myaka weliPhefeni Mar 07, 2018 12:26 PM
If EGYPT still hv Aboutreika and Wire Gomah wth Ahmed Alhardar i cld be sure they wll go far or win it,now i dont trust all this nations cn bring it to Mzansi bt lets wayt and see
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Lusapho Makhubalo Mar 07, 2018 11:52 AM
France is going to win this world Cup
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smo Joined: 30 Dec 2014
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smo Mar 07, 2018 11:17 AM
I dnt c who'd win the cup. Senegal r a composed bunch but hey, a lot plays against Africa there. Plus now they going to the racist capital of the world..
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Deftman05 Joined: 18 Aug 2013
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Deftman05 Mar 07, 2018 11:05 AM
The African son has spoken, share the same sentiment too. Nigeria has what it takes to go all the way at the world cup
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mludowns Joined: 30 Jan 2016
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mludowns Mar 07, 2018 10:47 AM
Aykhona!!!

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