For­eign coaches deny lo­cals a chance

The Citizen (KZN) - - LETTERS -

Fol­low­ing the Egyp­tian Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nounce­ment that Mex­i­can Javier Aguirre, pictured, is the new man­ager of the na­tional team, it seems the trend of African na­tions pre­fer­ring to ap­point for­eign coaches con­tin­ues.

Out of the five African teams that com­peted at the 2018 Fifa World Cup, only two had lo­cal coaches – Sene­gal’s Aliou Cissé and Tu­nisia’s Na­bil Maâloul.

And the for­eign-coached Egypt, Morocco and Nige­ria are not alone. Other African pow­er­houses like Burk­ina Faso, Gabon, Togo and South Africa are also not coached by a lo­cal.

They oc­cupy po­ten­tial po­si­tions of lo­cal African coaches, and this de­nies the lat­ter the abil­ity to garner ex­pe­ri­ence on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

There­fore, the an­nounce­ment by the Nige­ria Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion that it will send former Nige­rian goal­keeper Carl Ikeme on a coach­ing course and ul­ti­mately of­fer him a role as a mem­ber of the

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Su­per Eagles’ coach­ing team is very en­cour­ag­ing.

I hope other African na­tions fol­low Nige­ria’s ex­am­ple. We pub­lish let­ters that come with full name, ad­dress and tele­phone num­ber even if you want to use a pseu­do­nym. let­ters@cit­i­zen. co.za, fax 010-492-5386 or PO Box 43069 In­dus­tria 2042

Saul Kamion­sky

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