European clubs draining away Africa's talent pool

Calling it a hydra-headed problem, Ghana coach Samuel Fabin looked for solutions that could stop the outflow of African talents to Europe, which offers a good life and money for the skill most of the talented African footballers possess.

Ghana has consistently performed well in the junior level.   -  Ritu Raj Konwar

The African dilemma of not seeing the fairly good performance at the youth level reaching the senior stage is reasonable because most of the good players migrate looking for success in European clubs.

Calling it a hydra-headed problem, Ghana coach Samuel Fabin looked for solutions that could stop the outflow of African talents to Europe, which offers a good life and money for the skill most of the talented African footballers possess.

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“This is a huge problem that we need to address specially in Africa these boys are taken away from the continent at a very early age,” Fabin said. With a good number of talented players in search of big clubs in Europe, the senior teams are virtually let with second string players. “This is a common African problem. It is not that all the players make it big after migrating but those with good ability and mental toughness reach a high level of success and the rest fizzle out in the competition. In the end it is the loss for the country from where they migrated,” the outspoken Ghana coach tried to analyse.

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Jonas Komla of Mali shared the anguish of his counterpart from Ghana. “When we talk about the players at the junior or youth level, they generally live in the same city and their trainers get enough to shape them up as footballers,” Komla said. “But when they go to different countries and try to adjust to different sides they find it difficult to inculcate the new values making it difficult for them to adjust,” he added.

The Mali coach said the trend of talent-drain is big in Mali too. “The European teams do a lot of work on the technical and tactical ability of the players. This blocks some of our players who go to Europe and settle down there,” Komla said while adding that the club systems in the African countries need to improve in order check the flow of talent to Europe.

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