In the history of the World Cup, there are three African teams advance to the quarterfinals, all three teams are not led by domestic coach. So does this matter?
The biggest football tournament on the planet has come almost half way, but now we realize one thing, in a festival where “dozens” of African players have reached world class, but There are only two African coaches leading the teams at the 2018 World Cup: Aliou Cissé of Senegal and Nabil Maaloul of Tunisia.
In particular, Cisse is moving forward with Senegal when there was a win against Poland and a draw with Japan. With 4 points earned, the opportunity to continue in Group H is huge.
The president of the African nation, Macky Sall, who had attended the match against Poland in Moscow returned, but they certainly did not follow him. The opportunity is still there, a victory or at least one point ahead of the Colombian opponent will give them a ticket to go straight to the knockout round.
In the history of the FIFA World Cup finals, only three African teams made it to the quarter-finals, including Cameroon in 1990, Senegal in 2002 and Ghana in 2010. However, there was no African coach. Which leads one of the aforementioned teams. Cisse was in Korea 16 years ago, was the spiritual leader with his teammates to win 1-0 in the first match against the defending champion at the time, France.
The hot topic in Africa since the first days
If you did not know, Senegal was still a French colony at that time, the players there if going abroad would play only one destination, France. But this year’s World Cup is different, the players on the list register to play football in many parts of the world, from the club Horoya A.C (Guinea) to Turkey, Italy and the Premier League.
The issue of internal coaches and foreign coaches, has been a hot topic in Africa since the first days. In 1934, when Egypt was attending the tournament for the first time, the captain was James McRae, a Scottish man. By 1970, when Marocco was the next African team to attend the World Cup, they were led by a Yugoslavian, Blagoje Vidinic.
The fact that foreign coaches have rushed into African countries has narrowed the chances of the domestic rulers. Tanzania even has a ban on non-national coaches, the ban was recently lifted.