World Cup Boosts African Footballers Traffic to Europe
World Cup is a good opportunity for the expatriation of a new wave of talented athletes from the black continent. For African footballers Europe is a chance to escape from poverty, along with their families.
Frenchman Jean-Marc Guillou is an example of successful “breeder of African footballers”. After founding football schools – which provides trainings, education, three meals a day and a home – in Mali, Ghana, Madagascar, Egypt and Algeria, the manager exported 140 African footballers in Europe.
“I want to become professional football player and make money so that I can give my family a better life. I do not want my parents to die in a slum house. This is my mission and I can not fail” says Amadou Keita, one of the young African footballers who dreams of going to a club like AC Milan or FC Barcelona, quoted by “Der Spiegel“.
Whatever the risks, African footballers are attracted by the lure of Europe, which associates it with the abundance of jobs, money and their welfare. Their models are Mahmadou Diarra from Real Madrid, Samuel Eto’o from Inter Milan or Didier Drogba from Chelsea London. Since the ’50s, European clubs came to Africa to look for young talents. Currently profits from the sale of African footballers are growing.
But the World Cup is preparing a new exodus of African footballers to Europe.
“I want to become professional football and make money so that I can give my family a better life.” Amadou Keitatanar African footballer says.