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Cup of Nations final coaches both locals for first time since 1998

AFP  |  Cairo 

The Africa Cup of Nations final between Algeria and Senegal in Cairo Friday will pit local coaches against each other in a title decider for the first time in 21 years.

Algerian Djamel Belmadi and Senegalese Aliou Cisse are both former national team midfielders whose playing careers included spells with English clubs.

Belmadi was loaned to Manchester City from Marseille in 2003 and later had two seasons with Southampton.

While Cisse spent most of his career at French clubs, he also lined up for Birmingham City and Portsmouth.

Cisse is particularly desperate to win in Cairo as his missed shootout penalty in the 2002 final against Cameroon condemned Senegal to defeat in their only previous final appearance.

The last final featuring two African coaches was in 1998 when Egypt, coached by Mahmoud el Gohary, defeated Ephraim 'Jomo' Sono-coached South Africa 2-0 in Ouagadougou.

An endless debate among African football followers is the merits of local and foreign coaches and the Cup of Nations offers no help because foreigners have won 16 titles and locals 15.

Egyptian Hassan Shehata holds the record for consecutive triumphs with three and Ghanaian Charles Gyamfi has also won three, but not in a row.

France-born Herve Renard is the only coach to win with two countries, guiding outsiders Zambia to success in 2012 and repeating the feat with the Ivory Coast three years later.

Cup of Nations-winning coaches

1957 Egypt

Mourad Fahmy

1959 Egypt

Pal Titkos (HUN)

1962 Ethiopia

Ydnekatchew Tessema

1963 Ghana

Charles Gyamfi

1965 Ghana

Charles Gyamfi

1968 Zaire

Ferenc Csanadi (HUN)

1970 Sudan

Jir? Starosta (CZE)

1972 Congo

Adolphe Bibanzoulou

1974 Zaire

Blagoje Vidinic (SRB)

1976 Morocco

Gheorghe Mardarescu (ROM) 1978 Ghana

Fred Osam-Duodu

1980 Nigeria

Otto Gloria (BRA)

1982 Ghana

Charles Gyamfi

1984 Cameroon

Radivoje Ognjanovic (SRB) 1986 Egypt

Mike Smith (WAL)

1988 Cameroon

Claude le Roy (FRA)

1990 Algeria

Abdelhamid Kermali

1992 I. Coast

Yeo Martial

1994 Nigeria

Clemens Westerhof (NED)

1996 S. Africa Clive Barker

1998 Egypt

Mahmoud el-Gohary

2000 Cameroon

Pierre Lechantre (FRA)

2002 Cameroon

Winfried Schaefer (GER)

2004 Tunisia

Roger Lemerre (FRA)

2006 Egypt

Hassan Shehata

2008 Egypt

Hassan Shehata

2010 Egypt

Hassan Shehata

2012 Zambia

Herve Renard (FRA)

2013 Nigeria

Stephen Keshi

2015 I.

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First Published: Thu, July 18 2019. 09:50 IST