For the first time in World Cup history, all African teams will have African managers on the sidelines. How far will Africa go?
In what is seen by many as a step in the right direction for African nations at the World Cup, all five national teams that qualified for a chance to represent Africa on football’s biggest stage have managers of African origin.
Senegal, Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, and Tunisia will face the rest of the world with a new mindset hoping to make a mark in the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
In 2010, South Africa hosted the World Cup, and out of six African nations, only one had an African Head Coach, Algeria.
In 2018, only two African managers were in charge of the five qualified nations.
Senegal will head to the World Cup under Aliou Cisse, who is taking Senegal to a second successive World Cup. Cisse won the Africa Cup of Nations in February this year and will be the top African contender for the trophy in December.
In a recent interview Cisse said, “Something is happening at the level of coaches on the African continent,
“Our dream is for African expertise to be valued as well, for people to understand that in Africa there are very good coaches.”
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The Indomitable Lions will have former international Rigobert Song as the Head Coach. The former Liverpool defender is also among Cameroon’s most capped players.
The Atlas Lions appointed former international defender Walid Regragui two months ago after CAF Champions League success with Wydad Casablanca in May.
Former international Otto Addo will take charge of the ‘Black Stars’. The former Borussia Dortmund assistant coach brings in much-needed European experience after previous coaching stints at fellow German clubs Hamburg and Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Appointed head coach of Tunisia in January this year, Jalel Kadri has been rebuilding the Carthage Eagles hoping to reach new levels in the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Africa takes a different approach this time. Will it work? November 20 is here and we are about to find out.