Tom Saintfiet: Africa has hugely talented players

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Updated: November 14, 2015

Tom SaintfietThe Head Coach of Togo National team, Tom Saintfiet has a clear love for football in Africa and hopes to use all his experience to aid its development. According to Saintfiet he wish to see an African country one day win the world cup even though he thinks its not an easy task because Africans lack long term planning.

“I’m Belgian and I feel very proud working for an African side,” he said. “My dream is to see African teams be among the best in the world and one day winning the world cup.”

I feel happy to see my country at the top of the FIFA world ranking. It’s never easy for a country with 11 million population be in that position and have great players like Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, Vincent Kompany Fellaini etc in their squad.

“That’s the approach Africa needs. We have to develop youth teams like in Belgium: if we start training players from the age of four or five years at clubs or training centers with qualified coaches, an African country will become world champions one day. Africa doesn’t lack talent: African footballers have innate physical and technical abilities.”

Tom Saintfiet was employed to guard the Togo national team to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and he thinks Togo has all the qualities and strength to reach there even though his side lost to Uganda 1:0 in the qualifier.

Sealing a World Cup place remains the ultimate dream for the 42-year-old, who narrowly missed out on leading Malawi to Brazil 2014 two years ago.

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