Can the coaches of African teams at the World Cup emulate or outperform Keshi’s legacy?
Only indeginous coaches will sit in the dugout for all five of Africa’s representatives at the FIFA World Cup for the first time in the tournament’s 92-year existence.
In previous tournaments, African countries have turned to European or South American coaches to improve their performance. However, no African team has yet to advance beyond the competition’s quarter-final stage.
The men who accomplished this feat for the African continent at the World Cup were Russian Valeri Nepomniachi with Cameroon in 1990, Frenchman Bruno Metsu with Senegal in 2002, and Serb Milovan Rajevac with Ghana in 2010.
At the 2014 World Cup, Stephen Keshi became the first African and indigenous coach to lead an African country, Nigeria, past the first round of competition.
Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco, Cameroon, and Ghana will undoubtedly make history in Qatar with Aliou Cisse, Jalel Kadri, Walid Regragui, Rigobert Song, and Otto Addo, but how far will their indigenous coaches go at the tournament?
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