Foreign coaches deny locals a chance
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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