As Algeria defeats Senegal to win the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt, Algeria gaffer Djamel Belmadi also emerged as the 13th African Coach to win the AFCON trophy since inception in 1957.
The journey began in 1957 when Mourad Fahmy became the first coach to win the first AFCON. The Egyptian led his countrymen to victory in the first AFCON Tournament.
In 1962 Ethiopia emerged as champions and coached by Ydnekatchew Tessema. This was followed by Charles Gyamfi of Ghana who led Ghana to AFCON triumph in 1963 and 1965. Gyamfi also lead Ghana to win the 1982 AFCON.
1972 saw Congo emerged as AFCON Champions under coach Adolphe Bibanzoulou. In 1978 Fred Osam-Duodu coached Ghana to the championship and emerged as winners.
Algeria first AFCON Triumph in 1990 was spear headed by coach Abdelhamid Kermali who tinkered Algeria to a 1-0 final win over Super Eagles of Nigeria. Yeo Martial also helped Cote divoire emerge as 1992 AFCON Champions.
Clive Barker and Mahmoud el-Gohary both coached their respective countries (South Africa and Egypt) to victory at the 1996 and 1998 AFCON.
Egyptian coach Hassan Shehata had a hatrick of AFCON triumph as he led the Pharaoh to triple AFCON triumph in 2006, 2008 and 2010 before Late Stephen Okechukwu Keshi coached the Super Eagles of Nigeria to the 2013 AFCON trophy with Sunday MBA solitary strike in the final against Burkina Faso.
As the 2019 AFCON ends, we wish Algerian coach Djamel Belmadi the best of luck in his coaching career congratulating him and other African coaches that has led their nation to AFCON glory in time past.
Full List of Coaches that have won the AFCON Trophy:
1957 Egypt-Mourad Fahmy
1959 Egypt- Pal Titkos (Hungary)
1962 Ethiopia- Ydnekatchew Tessema
1963 Ghana- Charles Gyamfi
1965 Ghana-Charles Gyamfi
1968 Zaire-Ferenc Csanadi (HUN)
1970 Sudan-Jirí Starosta (CZE)
1972 Congo-Adolphe Bibanzoulou
1974 Zaire-Blagoje Vidinic (SRB)
1976 Morocco-Gheorghe Mardarescu (ROM)
1978 Ghana-Fred Osam-Duodu
1980 Nigeria-Otto Gloria (BRA)
1982 Ghana-Charles Gyamfi
1984 Cameroon-Radivoje Ognjanovic (Serbia )
1986Egypt-Mike Smith (Wales)
1988 Cameroon-Claude le Roy (France)
1990 Algeria-Abdelhamid Kermali
1992 Ivory Coast-Yeo Martial
1994 Nigeria-Clemens Westerhof (Netherlands)
1996 South Africa-Clive Barker
1998 Egypt-Mahmoud El-Gohary
2000 Cameroon-Pierre Lechantre (FRA)
2002 Cameroon-Wilfried Schaefer (GER)
2004 Tunisia-Roger Lemerre (FRA)
2006 Egypt-Hassan Shehata
2008 Egypt-Hassan Shehata
2010 Egypt-Hassan Shehata
2012 Zambia-Herve Renard (FRA)
2013 Nigeria-Stephen Keshi
2015 Ivory Coast-Herve Renard (FRA)
2017 Cameroon-Hugo Broos (BEL)
2019: Algeria-Djamel Belmadi
The ongoing debate on the efficiency of African and local coaches continues.
By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde