When Germany landed in Russia for the 2017 Fifa Confederations Cup, Joachim Lowe, the German national coach, was quick to tell the world that the competition was just going to be a learning experience for his team.

Many were shocked and puzzled. But a look at the players in the squad and the absent regulars made one even more curious.

Left behind at home were: Gomez, Ozil, Muller, Boateng, Hummels, Badstuber, Khedira, Reus, Kroos, Schürrle etc. World stars and world champions capable of starting in most lineups in the world.

The squad in Russia is practically Germany’s second team on show in a highly financially lucrative tournament featuring champions from all continents in the world, plus hosts Russia.

You therefore would be forgiven to assume that Germany would be early exits in the Confederations Cup with contestants such as Chile, Portugal, Cameroon, Russia, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

However, Germany not only qualified to the finals of this trial run to the 2018 World Cup event, but they did so in style as they beat African Champions Cameroon 3-1 on the way and easily crushed Mexico 4-1 in the semifinals.

How is this possible?

Germany is one of the few successful football nations on earth where over 80 percent of its best 11 players play in its local league, the Bundesliga.

Last year at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Germans were unlucky losers to a well-constituted Brazil side led by Neymar Jr in the finals. They had presented their fifth best team and all but three players were above 23 years old.

They won the Olympics silver with so much flair and cohesion that one at times thought the Barcelona Tiki Taka machine was on parade.

Having played seven years as a pro player and a frequent visitor of weekend league encounters in Germany, I can safely tell you that the Germans are far from ending their progression.

The German youth football development system is at the moment second to none, thanks to not only the investments in infrastructure, youth development schemes but also their coaching education.

One trait you always find with German football teams is clear-cut organisation and the physical and mental investment on the part of all involved, the technical crew included.

One basic thing any coach will tell you is that you are not only as good as your first eleven, but as good as your reserve bench as well. With this tournament Germany just assured themselves of all the benefits of a strong bench for the future.

As they crushed the Mexicans 4-1, all that came to mind was, where will the German domination end and would it be wrong for Africa to imitate them?

Some might ask why should we imitate them? Well for starters, the short cut to success is legal imitation of a working formula with the end goal of improving it to surpass the pioneers.

Do not forget that the German module that is functioning so well today is thanks a lot to the borrowed Spanish style that they added to their original “work” football, while the Spanish benefited from the complete football set up by the Dutch prior to 2008.

Financially, each time a team does well in Fifa tournaments or has a well-supported local league like the Germans enjoy, it not only provides needed employment for citizens but the total socio-economic benefits has a multiplier effect that goes deeper than most of us dare imagine.

Germany is top today, who knows, we might be writing the same of an African nation some day.