Cameroon, Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia will represent the continent at the next #QWC. Did you know that out of these 5 teams, 4 have local coaches?
Former star Rigobert Song was chosen last month to lead Cameroon’s national football team. He is one of only three African players to have played in four FIFA World Cups (1994, 1998, 2002 and 2010), along with teammates Samuel Eto’o and Jacques Songo’o.
The 45-year-old former defender won two consecutive African Cups of Nations (2000 and 2002) as captain of the Cameroonian team.
Otto Addo is a football star in Ghana and Germany. Bramfelder SV, Hanover 96, Dortmund and Mainz 05 are just some of the Bundesliga clubs the Ghanaian German has shone with. He ended his playing career in 2008 to focus instead on a career as a scout and coach.
The 46-year-old has become the first Ghanaian footballer to qualify for the World Cup as a player and as a manager.
Aliou Cissé needs no introduction. The Senegalese coach won the last CAN in Cameroon in February. The first continental title for the West African nation. Cissé was the team’s captain and missed the decisive penalty in a shoot-out when Senegal lost the 2002 AFCON final to Cameroon.
During his playing years, the midfielder played for French clubs like PSG and Lille. He wore the shirts of Portsmouth and Birmingham, two Premier League clubs.
Coach Jalel Kadri is perhaps the least famous compared to the other three African coaches heading to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. However, the 50-year-old has also proven himself. His career as an international manager took him to Saudi Arabia when he was in charge of club Ansar Al Madina. He has also worked in Lebanon and Libya with Al-Ahly Tripoli. He cut his teeth on the national scene where he coached the first division club ES Zarzis or Tunisian clubs like JS Kairouan.
Kadri is now tasked with leading the Carthage Eagles as far as possible at the World Cup in Qatar.