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FIFA shunned Okocha, Kanu for World Player Award because they can’t sell papers – McCarthy

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McCarthy explains why top African stars are being snubbed for FIFA award

South Africa and former Blackburn Rovers forward has revealed that several African legends had been snubbed for FIFA World Player of the Year award because African players are not good for marketing.

The likes of George Weah, Nwankwo Kanu, Jay-Jay Okocha, Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto’o did exploit on the African terrain and beyond but it was only George Weah that emerged as the only African player to have won the FIFA most covetous award.

According to Benni Mcarthy, football is business and African players are bad for FIFA business.

“We are not (African players) eye catching in Europe” Mcarthy, as quoted by sportinglife.

“We are players that they look past because they look for the more lucrative, worthy players that will sell more newspapers sell more magazines and be more of an attraction.

“If an African player wins it there is not a lot of attraction but, if Gareth Bale wins it, if Rooney wins it – it is World news, breaking news.

“Yaya Toure has been there but never been recognized, Didier Drogba has been there; never recognized, Samuel Eto’o has been there; never recognized, Jay Jay Okocha has been there; never recognized, Nwankwo Kanu … I could go on, the list can go on but we’ve not been recognized.

“So I think because it is not lucrative enough for them to pick an African as world best player because it won’t sell.

“Football is a business ...., FIFA, everywhere it’s about making money.”

The last African player that made the cut for the FIFA World Player Award is Samuel Eto’o – he came third in 2005 behind Ronaldinho and Frank Lampard.

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