Cusin: Africa Forgets Its Roots At World Cup
Veteran Italian coach Stefano Cusin believes the five African nations that fell flat at the 2018 World Cup all suffered from the same mistakes, and says he plans to avoid the same fate with Black Leopards.
The continents' representatives at this year's finals, namely Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Morocco and Tunisia, all failed to progress past the group stages in Russia.
Former Wolverhampton Wanderers coach and newly-appointed Leopards technical director Cusin believes the five nations all failed to stick to their African roots, leading to their early eliminations from the World Cup.
When asked if he would bring an Italian flair to Leopards on their return to the Absa Premiership, the veteran ex-coach told the media ahead of the new season: "No, this is not correct, because we are not in Italy and we don't have Italian players.
"This is the mistake of many African teams in the World Cup: they want to play like Europe and they forget the blood (heritage), and the blood is more important than the style.
"So, we are in Africa, we have to play like African players, but it's normal that I maybe have something to give, in the position, in the tactical side, maybe in formations, but we are in Africa and we have to make sure of the African style and the culture of the country. This is the most important thing."