"Africa Cup is not getting any more fun"Jan 26, 2015
"I once found the Africa Cup of Nations to be a fun tournament with lots of happy-go-lucky football. But that carefree attitude has vanished. Nearly all matches end in 0-0 or 1-1, probably as a result of so many African footballers playing in Europe these days."
In his weekly column in Dutch newspaper 'De Telegraaf', Johan Cruyff criticizes the football played at the Africa Cup. According to the three times Ballon d'Or winner, the many European coaches of the African teams and the many African footballers playing in Europe have taken the fun out of the tournament.
"I compare it to Chelsea. If you have a midfield consisting of Fabregas, Hazard, Willian and Oscar the team is fantastic to watch. Yet, Chelsea does not always field this line-up, least of all in important matches when they like to play it safe."
"That carefulness of Chelsea is the same thing you see at the Africa Cup. Footballers who like to improvise have been replaced by professionals playing for the result. Not only has this process made African football less attractive to watch, at the World Cup last year there also was no result to show for it."
Cruyff concludes: "Strong teams like Cameroon, Nigeria and South-Africa have not joined the international top teams but instead have slumped down. The football is appalling and the results are dramatic. It is a shame things have turned out this way."