The presence of African coaches at the helm of all five African nations in the 2022 World Cup, according to Ghana head coach Otto Addo, is a significant improvement.
Aliou Cisse of Senegal, Walid Regragui of Morocco, Otto Addo of Ghana, and Rigobert Song of Cameroon are all former players now captaining their country at the World Cup..
All African teams are being coached by Africans for the first time in the history of the World Cup.
Tunisia’s Jalel Kadri is the tournament’s only African coach who has never played for his country.
“This is a significant step forward for African football.” In the end, it makes little difference who coaches. It is a significant step forward for Africa.
“There were not as many coaches [from Africa] in earlier years, so it’s a big responsibility for Africans to produce more coaches not only to coach African teams but also to coach other teams in Europe.”
The assistant coach of Borussia Dortmund is also asking African federations to be patient with these coaches in order to achieve long-term gains.
“I’m hoping that this isn’t dependent on results since it’s a process, and processes can take a long time.”
“I understand that football is a result-oriented sport, but I am sure that development comes from consistency, and for that, you must place more trust.”
Senegal was defeated 2-0 by the Netherlands in their opening match, although Tunisia tied Denmark and Morocco tied Croatia.
While Africa waits for its first victory and goal, Otto Addo of Ghana will try to shock Portugal in Thursday’s opening game.
Source: Metrotvonline.com | Ghana