Former Ivory Coast international, Didier Drogba says the continent cannot achieve much success if their federations keep sacking managers at the least hiccup.
Drogba enjoyed a glittering career that spanned two decades with clubs from the Ligue 1, English Premier League, Turkish Super League, the Chinese Super League before wrapping up at Montreal Impact and finally the club he co-owns, Phoenix Risings in the USA.
The striker captained Ivory Coast where he is the country’s top scorer with 65 goals in 105 appearances and he believes African countries should give coaches time to perform with their national teams.
“It is not just about Ivory Coast but it is the same everywhere. We hire a national team coach.
“We win all the qualifying games for the World Cup of the Africa Cup of Nations.
“We go to the Africa Cup of Nations and we lose in the quarter final, the next day or the next hour the manager is out.
“And we hire a new manager, this guy is coming in and he knows that for example in Ivory Coast national team you have Yaya Toure, Kolo Tour, Salomon Kalou, Didier Zokora, Didier Drogba.
“He [the new coach] is watching the premier league weekend, he is not going to think much, he is going to play the same team otherwise for him it’s easy to put the same team and we go like that same circle.
“Two years later he is out, you don’t build nothing by hiring new managers. Give them time.
“Look at Didier Deschamp, he has been with the French national team for almost a decade.
“He lost the Euros in 2016 in France can you imagine if this happened in Ivory and Ghana?” Didier Drogba said at this year’s Afreximbank Conference in Accra.
Drogba, 45, is a Chelsea legend having joined them from French top flight side Olympique Marseille in 2004 under Jose Mourinho after formative years at Le Mans and Guingamp.
He has previously played for Chinese side, Shanghai Shenhua and Galatasary in Turkey.