English Premier League Legend Makes Bold Statement About Africa Ahead of the World Cup
- Former England forward Alan Shearer believes it won't take long for Africa to win the FIFA World Cup for the first time
- The English Premier League legend insists the quality of football is improving on the continent and won't be surprised if a team from Africa wins the World Cup
- Africa will be represented by Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia at the World Cup in Qatar later this year
Alan Shearer is optimistic about Africa's chances of winning football's most coveted prize, the FIFA World Cup.
The England great and Newcastle United legend admits the quality of football on the continent keeps improving and it won't take long for a country in Africa to win the tournament.
Shearer, in an interview with the BBC on Match of the Day was convinced Africa can be successful on the global stage.
"Yea, without doubt, definitely," he replied Gary Lineker's question of if Africa can win the World Cup. "When you talking the class of players we talking, not only in our league but in other leagues. I don't think it will be too long," he added.
"I think the standard of football is improving all the time."
The farthest an African team has gotten to winning the World Cup was reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010 are the only African countries to make it to the last eight of the Mundial.
In Qatar, Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia will represent the continent with the hopes of claiming the ultimate prize.
Shearer names top ten best African player in the English Premier League
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Alan Shearer has named the 10 greatest African players to have played in the Premier League as he snubbed former Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel who excelled at Chelsea.
On the list of the 10 greatest African players in the Premier League, Alan Shearer named the duo of Jay Jay Okocha and Kanu Nwankwo.
Also, former Chelsea defender Celestine Babayaro and Victor Moses were also snubbed by Alan Shearer who is of the opinion that only Okocha and Kanu should be the Nigerians on the list.