Qatar 2022: African teams ‘can excel’ in Qatar, says Roger Milla


African football legend Roger Milla said Africa nations can excel at the upcoming World Cup finals in Qatar as long as they have genuine self-confidence and belief.

Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco and Tunisia will join African champions Senegal at the tournament, which will take place in the Arab world for the first time.

The action will commenced on 20 November when the hosts play Ecuador, with the final on 18 December.

“Now is a good time to show that Africa has the best football players and the best teams in the world,” the 70-year-old told BBC Sport Africa.

“We have to make our players understand that we can compete with the biggest teams. We have everything to compete with them.

“It’s up to us to get to work. We struggled for a few years but I’ve seen African football develop a lot. Now it’s time and we will see in Qatar.”

Former Cameroon striker Milla featured in three World Cups, rising to global fame at the 1990 finals in Italy when he scored four goals at the age of 38 to help his country become the first African side to reach the quarter-finals.

“We are a continent blessed with great footballers – we can go further than the quarter-finals. But I’ve always said that for an African country to win the World Cup, it’s hard work first of all [that is needed].

“It’s discipline and organisation. If we look at other countries today, we are at their level in football but we now have to be well-organised [too].

“I am very happy that Cameroon led the way and showed the world that Africa has teams that can compete with the greatest in the world.

“It’s not just Cameroon, Senegal or Ghana – there are other countries that can represent our continent proudly.”