Chief Executive Officer of Databank Kojo Addae-Mensah says African players are the most gifted when it comes to football but we have a mental issue.
Speaking on Happy FM’s ‘Kojo Thoughts’ with the host Moses Antwi Benefo Mr. Addae-Mensah said, “It’s a mental issue. We are one of the most gifted people on earth when it comes to football but we have a mental issue and it baffles me because these boys are all playing in Europe”.
Mr. Addae-Mensah expressed his displeasure over Africa’s inability to make it to the next round of the competition in Russia, insisting that players from the continent lack the mental fortitude to withstand the pressure of performing at the global stage.
“Our mental strength is poor, Senegal’s own was poorer even though they were eliminated via the fair play rule same as Nigeria”, he stressed.
The Databank Chief who is also a sport enthusiast emphasized on the fact that most African players play in European teams.
“They are all playing in Europe but they have mental issues. All of them especially our West African neighbors Nigerians and Senegal. All the players play in Europe, there is no single player who plies his trade in Africa and when you are in Europe your mentality is positive”.
“I don’t know if their minds change whenever their plane lands on the African Continent”, he added.
Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Senegal and Egypt were the African teams who played in the 2018 World Cup. Unfortunately, they were all crashed out of the competition in the group stage for the first time since 1982.