Former Ivory Coast defender Emmanuel Eboue has urged African teams to defend better at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The five participating African teams namely Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia have been under the spotlight for their lack of efficiency at defending set-pieces at the tournament.
Morocco were the latest culprits after they conceded a set-piece goal to Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in a 1-0 defeat on Wednesday.
The result was significant as the Atlas Lions became the first team to be eliminated as a result of the defeat.
Ex-Arsenal star Eboue was speaking with ESPN in Uganda.
Eboue is presently in Uganda alongside former Senegal international ibrahima Sonko to impart knowledge into the country’s young football stars.
In his words, Eboue said: “Look at the kind of goals most of the African teams have conceded at the World Cup in Russia. There are so many mistakes being made at the back, particularly when defending set-pieces.”
“African teams must improve in defending. When the defence is disorganised it also frustrates the players up-front who are looking for goals.” He added.
Speaking further, Eboue said: “In Africa, we have a lot of talent, but the problem is that we are not lucky to have all facilities like it is in Europe. So it is important that we help each other as Africans to prosper.”
African teams have struggled at the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia with just four goals scored in seven games.