The 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations holding in Egypt will have 24 national teams participating but only ten of those teams are led by indigenous coaches.
Busybuddies compiles striking facts about the 10 indigenous coaches who will be on the sidelines as their home Teams hope to set and break records at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Zimbabwe: Sunday Chidzambwa (Zimbabwean)
Match Fixing! Sunday Chidzambwa was banned by FIFA and the Zimbabwean FA in 2012. He formerly managed Zimbabwean club Dynamos and South African clubs, Umtata Bush Bucks, Free State Stars, Black Leopards.
He was first appointed manager of the Zimbabwean national team in 2004 and later in July 2017.
Senegal: Aliou Cissé (Senegalese)
Aliou Cissé is the first Senegalese to captain and coach his country’s national team. He captained Senegal on their remarkable journey through the 2002 World Cup hosted by Japan and South Korea where the Teranga Lions reached the quarter-finals and also helped the team to emerge runners-up in the 2002 African Cup of Nations.
The 42-year-old became coach of the Senegalese national team in 2015 after leading the U23s as their assistant coach between 2012 and 2013 and head coach of the same team from 2013 to 2015.
He was the only black manager at Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Guinea Bissau: Baciro Candé (Bissauan)
Baciro Candé has coached all his life within the borders of Guinea Bissau and has won 11 trophies as a club coach. He won the 1988–89 Taça Nacional da Guiné Bissau with Desportivo de Farim and later won nine league titles with another domestic club, Sporting Clube de Bissau.
He was appointed Coach of the in 2003 and left the position after eight years before being reappointed in March 2016.
Ghana: Kwesi Appiah (Ghanaian)
James Kwesi Appiah is the first black African coach to take Ghana to the World Cup. That was during his first stint with the Ghanaian Senior National Team in 2014.
He was first appointed as Ghana’s coach in 2012. He left the position in 2014 after exiting the group stages of the 2014 World Cup. He was later reappointed in 2017.
Namibia: Fillemon Kanalelo (Namibian)
Ronnie Fillemon Kanalelo coaching career spans between Namibia and South Africa. He coached two Namibian clubs, Tura Magic and Tiger in 2010. He was later appointed Goalkeeper trainer of a South African Club, Maritzburg United.
He got to be announced as the National team coach of Namibia in June 2015.
DR Congo: Florent Ibengé (Congolese)
Florent Ibengé has been the national team coach of DR Congo since 2014 and all through the while, he’s combined it alongside his job as AS Vita’s Gaffer.
In 2015, Ibenge took the Leopards to a third-place finish at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and helped the side become champions of the CHAN in 2016.
Shortly after guiding the Leopards to a quarter-final place in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, the 57-year-old said he will step aside by 2018 but then, he’s still in charge and another Africa Cup of Nations beacons.
Mali: Mohamed Magassouba (Malian)
Mohamed Magassouba holds a Masters degree in Economics. He notably qualified DR Congo for the Burkina Faso 1998 Africa Cup of Nations without losing a game during the qualifiers. The 61-year-old has led football clubs such as Motema Pembe, Saint-Rloi Lupopo, AS Vita and Jeanne d’Arc of Dakar.
The experienced CAF Instructor was born in Nara in the Koulikoro region of Mali.
Algeria: Djamel Belmadi (Algerian)
Djamel Belmadi has enjoyed considerable success as a coach. His first stint as a manager with Qatari Sports club, Al-Duhail, formerly Lekhwiya SC had Belmadi winning seven trophies in the space of eight years. He was appointed manager of Qatar’s national team B in 2013 and impressively led the side to win the WAFF Championship without losing all ten games. He was later promoted to lead Qatar’s senior national team and helped them win the 2014 Gulf Cup of Nations.
The 43-year-old was appointed Manager of his country’s national team in August 2018.
Ivory Coast: Ibrahim Kamara (Ivorian)
Coaches are appointed for their impressive records and performances but surprisingly Ibrahim Kamara was appointed by Ivory Coast’s Football Association after a poor outing with the Ivory Coast “CHAN” team at the 2018 African Nations Championship tournament where they finished bottom of Group B with only a point.
Ibrahim started out coaching his country’s U-17 and later U-23 male national teams before leading the CHAN team. He was appointed as The Elephants’ Coach in July 2018.
Burundi: Olivier Niyungeko (Burundian)
Olivier is known in Burundi for leading a three-year-old club, Flambeau de l’Est to win a domestic league title. He was appointed Burundi’s national team manager in 2016.