In Summary
  • Senegal were particularly unlucky not to make the last 16, losing out to Japan only because of their poorer disciplinary record.
  • Amunike played for the Super Eagles at the 1994 World Cup, scoring as they lost in extra-time to Italy in the last 16.
  • He later moved into coaching and had a successful spell working with Nigeria's under-17 side.

MOSCOW

Former Nigeria star Emmanuel Amunike says African teams need to focus on improving youth development after a poor showing from the continent's representatives at the World Cup.

None of Africa's five teams made it past the group stage in Russia, with Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco managing only three wins between them.

"It was a disappointment for the African teams and the African continent," admitted Amunike, who was speaking at a press conference in Moscow on Thursday as part of Fifa's technical study group analysing the World Cup.

"A lot of people were expecting African teams to progress beyond what they have done previously, but unfortunately it didn't materialise."

Senegal were particularly unlucky not to make the last 16, losing out to Japan only because of their poorer disciplinary record.

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