The 2019 African Cup of Nations will be the first time local coaches guide their teams to the final since the 1998 edition when Egypt beat South Africa 2-0.
Djamel Belmadi of Algeria and Aliou Cisse of Senegal have a lot in common having captained their sides as a player with the latter guiding the Lions of Teranga to the 2002 final where they lost to Cameroon in the final with Cisse missing the final spot-kick.
The first-ever final between local coaches was in 1962 when hosts Ethiopia coached by legend Yidnekatchew Tessema won their first (and only to date) AFCON title, defeating Egypt 4-2 in the final. The Pharaohs were then coached by the duet of Mohamed El Guindy and Hanafy Bastan.
Three years later another final between local coaches was staged as Ghana coach Charles Gyamfi had his second successive AFCON glory then, defeating Tunisian counterpart Mokhtar Ben Nacef 3-2 in the final. Ghana has had the joint-most wins by local coaches as in 1978 Fred Ousam-Duodu beat Uganda led by Pete Okee 2-0 in the final.
The last final came in 1998 when Egyptian Mahmoud El Gohary became the first man to win AFCON as a player (1959) and coach. He guided the Pharaohs to their fourth title in Burkina Faso, defeating South Africa, coached by local icon Jomo Sono 2-0 in the final.
List of local coaches to win AFCON titles:
· Mourad Fahmy (Egypt - 1959)
· Yidnekatchew Tessema (Ethiopia – 1962)
· Charles Gyamfi (Ghana – 1963, 1965 and 1982)
· Adolphe Bibanzoulo (Congo – 1972)
· Fred Osam-Duodu (Ghana – 1978)
· Abdelhamid Kermali (Algeria – 1990)
· Yeo Martial (Cote d’Ivoire – 1992)
· Clive Barker (South Africa – 1996)
· Mahmoud El Gohary (Egypt – 1998)
· Hassan Shehata (Egypt – 2006, 2008 and 2010)
· Stephen Keshi (Nigeria – 2013)
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