The national associations have chosen managers for the countries from the continent.
The forthcoming Qatar World Cup in 2022 will be historic for African football because all five qualifying African nations – Morocco, Senegal, Cameroon, Tunisia, and Ghana – will have African coaches from the same country.
Walid Regragui, the new coach of Morocco’s national football team, was the most recent addition. The Royal Football Federation (FRMF) announced on Wednesday that Regragui has agreed to take over as head coach of Morocco’s Atlas Lions, succeeding former Bosnian-French coach Vahid Halilhodzic.
The action is a “major step for the growth of African coaches, who have now borne the bravery to take over at the highest level” by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
5. Walid Regragui – Morocco
Regragui, who was born in Corbeil-Essonne, France, began his professional football career with many French clubs, including Toulouse, Ajaccio, Dijon, and Grenoble. The 46-year-old began his coaching career as an assistant coach for Morocco’s national team in 2012.
Regragui announced his departure from Morocco’s Wydad Athletic Club, which he coached for one season. He left the club just weeks before being named Atlas Lions’ new head coach.
4. Aliou Cisse – Senegal
Aliou Cisse, a former Senegalese football player, has been coaching Senegal’s football team since 2015. He led Senegal’s Lions of Teranga to their first-ever Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title earlier this year.
Cisse, 46, was named coach of the year at the CAF Awards, which were held in Rabat, Morocco, in July and will manage Senegal in World Cup 2022.
3. Rigobert Song – Cameroon
Rigobert Song, a former professional footballer, was named Cameroon’s head coach in February 2022.
Song, the defensive master during his playing career, is the player with the most appearances in Cameroon’s national team history, with 137 games.
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2. Jalel Kadri – Tunisia
Following the Carthage Eagles’ defeat to Burkina Faso in the AFCON quarterfinal, Jalel Kadri was named Tunisia’s head coach in January 2022.
Following the disappointing performance in the AFCON, Kadri has since been successful in rebuilding the Tunisian team, guiding the Carthage Eagles to their sixth World Cup qualification.
1. Otto Addo – Ghana
Soon after the Black Stars were eliminated from the AFCON in the group stages, Otto Addo, another former international player, was named head coach of Ghana’s football team.
Addo, who was born in Germany in 1975, also serves as a talent coach for Borussia Dortmund, a German professional team.