Former World Cup winning German captain Lotthar Matthaus believes African countries can excel at the World Cup if coaches can transform the abundant individual brilliance into teamwork.
Matthaus, who completed a two-day StarTimes Bundesliga tour of Kenya yesterday, opined that Africa players are doing well in their European clubs but this has not transformed to results with the national teams.
Addressing Mathare Youth Sports Association, Star Academy and Riruta Sports Association coaches at the Mysa headquarters yesterday, Matthaus said teamwork will be the only recipe to an African country tasting glory at the global front.
“By the time we won the Fifa World Cup in 1990, we were not that good but we had the spirit of team work in us. We combined our skills without the pride of personal glory. If African countries want to win the World Cup, they should embrace team work.”
“I find the abilities of the players I see here and those who are in Europe the same. These young players need time to grow. If the Kenyan players stick to their style of play, work hard and develop the right mindset they will thrive in any league and will take their national team far.”
Matthaus, who conducted a soccer clinic at MYSA grounds trained with the soccer academy players and had a clinic for their respective coaches. The legend later met the immediate world Javelin champion Julius Yego who taught the footballer how to handle the javelin.