Soccer-Africa to field all home-grown coaches at World Cup

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CAPE TOWN, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Africa volition person 5 home-grown coaches astatine the World Cup finals for the archetypal clip successful a breakthrough that could pb to a alteration of mindset and much accidental for locals.

Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia each caput to Qatar adjacent week with a section successful charge, typical of a melodramatic displacement successful cognition from shot leaders connected the continent.

Previously, African teams astatine the World Cup person overwhelmingly been led by coaches from Europe oregon Latin America.

In 2010, erstwhile Africa had six teams astatine the finals, lone Algeria were led by a home-grown manager portion astatine the 1998 finals, each 5 African representatives had Europeans successful command.

The penchant for coaches from extracurricular the continent had been the norm for decades, some successful nationalist squad ranks and besides astatine nine level but is simply a inclination that is present being vigorously questioned.

"Something is happening astatine the level of coaches connected the African continent," said Aliou Cisse, who is taking Senegal to a 2nd successive World Cup, referring to the new-found abundance of African coaches successful apical jobs crossed the continent.


It is important power from Russia 4 years agone erstwhile Cisse was 1 of 2 African coaches astatine the 2018 World Cup with the different 3 astatine the caput of African teams coming from Argentina, France and Germany.

"Our imagination is for African expertise to beryllium valued arsenic well, for radical to recognize that successful Africa determination are precise bully coaches," Cisse said successful a caller interview.

The alteration successful cognition has followed occurrence for African coaches successful continental contention successful caller years.

The past 2 Africa Cup of Nations person been won by teams with an African astatine the helm portion the past 7 CAF Champions League winning coaches person each been African.

Morocco appointed erstwhile planetary defender Walid Regragui to the station 2 months agone aft helium had taken Wydad Casablanca to Champions League occurrence successful May.

Cameroon volition beryllium led by Rigobert Song, who is among their astir capped players; Tunisia by Jalel Kadri and Ghana person Otto Addo, different erstwhile planetary successful charge.

"These are radical that mightiness person had past occurrence and been bully coaches successful Europe but for African football, you request the close manager for the close moment," cautions Gambia manager Tom Saintfiet, a Belgian with much than a decade's acquisition of African football.

"Someone who understands African football, 1 understands the culture, who understands the pros and the cons of moving with an African squad and idiosyncratic who tin get the maximum retired of them," helium told Reuters.

Editing by Christian Radnedge

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