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AFRICA CAN'T WIN THE WORLD CUP IN THE NEXT 60 YEARS

Athletico Ouirense utility player, Rita Darko has thrown a big shade on Africa's chances of ever winning the FIFA Women's World Cup. The 24 team competition recently held in France saw an increase in the continent's participation from 2 to 3 with 2 making it out of the group phase. 

Rita flies into a tussle 
In an exclusive chat with Gyamfi's Column on motinonhypegh.net, the former Hasaacas Ladies midfielder expressed her satisfaction at the turn of events in France. 
"I did watch a few of the games and I'm impressed at the organisation and the attendance as well."

She stated further that the female game will be at par with the male's in the next 5 years to come. The tournament recorded the competition's record television views with a little over 20 million viewers.

"I watched the final and it was great. In about 5 years women's football can be compared to that of the men. I  see good league structures in Europe and I liked the preparations too".

For Africa it can only happen in the next 60 years. 

None of the African countries managed to make it past the round of 16 though for the first time ever, 2 African countries made it out of the group stages. Rita had this to say on that, "Long way to go for Africa. We are too dependent on talent without really putting in any much investment."

Rita managed to get 17 games in the ended Portuguese Women's league before an injury halted her run. Champions League football remains her desire as she awaits preseason preparations. 

Quizzed about any country unseating the US Women's Soccer team (4x World Cup and 3x Olympic Champions) and Africa's chances, she questioned Africa's seriousness without sticking her neck out for any successor.

"Germany can. I think with the massive investment ongoing in Europe, they might have a chance. France, Portugal..but Portugal has the arduous task of making it through the qualifiers. Very tough. Let's not forget that the US are still investing! For Africa it can only happen in the next 60 years. Mali, Cameroon and South Africa are on a good path. Nigeria have always been up there but Ghana is slowly losing it's status."
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