Twelve African Coaches Who Won AFCON

The Nation has listed the twelve (12) African coaches who won the Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.

Emerse Faé is the latest coach of African origin to win the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). On January 24, 2024, Faé was appointed as an interim coach of the Ivory Coast national team during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations round of 16, following the dismissal of the former coach Gasset.

He then led his country to defeat the defending champions Senegal on penalties, Mali after extra time, and DR Congo in the semi-finals. Eventually, Ivory Coast clinched the title after a 2–1 victory over Nigeria in the final. He was also awarded the Best Coach of the 2023 AFCON tournament.

Here is a list of African coaches who have won the AFCON:

1. 2023: Emerse Fae (Cote d’Ivoire)

Emerse Faé played as a midfielder and is the manager of the Ivory Coast national football team. During the 2012–13 season, Faé joined the training centre of his former club Nice to obtain his football coaching diplomas.

After three seasons, he coached their under-17, then under-19 in 2018–19. On 8 July 2021, he became the head coach of Clermont reserve team. On 20 May 2022, he became the manager of Ivory Coast U23, and assistant coach of Ivory Coast senior team under Jean-Louis Gasset.

2. 2021: Aliou Cisse (Senegal)

Aliou Cissé is a Senegalese was a player who is the manager of the Senegal national team. Cissé is best known for captaining the Senegal team which reached the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations Final and for being the first Senegal manager to win the tournament in 2021 after reaching the final in 2019.

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3. 2019: Djamel Belmadi (Algeria)

Belmadi is the current manager of the Algeria national team. On August 2, 2018, Belmadi became the manager of the Algeria national team.

Belmadi led Algeria to success and earned his first international trophy in 2019. Algeria defeated every opponent on its road to the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) held in Egypt, including two victories over Senegal in the group stage and the final.

Algeria won its second continental title and became the North African second team, after Egypt, to win more than one AFCON trophy.

4. 2013: Stephen Keshi (Nigeria)

Stephen Okechukwu Keshi was a Nigerian football player and manager. Keshi became coach of the Nigeria national team in 2011.

He led Nigeria to qualification for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, which they went on to win, defeating Burkina Faso 1–0 in the final.

5. 2010, 2008, 2006: Hassan Shehata (Egypt)

Hassan Shehata is an Egyptian retired football manager and former professional football player. Shehata led Egypt to three consecutive Africa Cup of Nations titles, in 2006, 2008 and 2010.

He was the first ever coach to win three back to back Africa Cup of Nations titles. Shehata is one of only two coaches to win the Africa Cup three times, along with Ghana’s Charles Gyamfi.

6. 1998: Mohamed Al Gohari (Egypt)

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Mahmoud Nuseir Youssef El-Gohary was an Egyptian footballer and football coach. He led the Egyptian national team to the AFCON in 1998 and won it.

7. 1996: Clive Barker (South Africa)

Clive William Barker was a South African football coach.
He guided the South Africa national team to their only African Nations Cup title in 1996.

8. 1992: Martial Yeo (Cote d’Ivoire)

Yeo Martial was an Ivorian football manager. He managed the Ivory Coast national team to the 1992 African Cup of Nations and won the trophy.

9. 1990: Abdelhamid Kermali (Algeria)

Abdelhamid Kermali was an Algerian footballer and football manager of the Algerian national team.

Kermali led the Algerian national team to its first continental trophy, winning the 1990 African Cup of Nations hosted in Algeria. He also guided the team to the title of the 1991 Afro-Asian Cup of Nations.

10. 1982, 1965, 1963: Charles Gyamfi (Ghana)

Charles Kumi Gyamfi was a Ghanaian footballer and coach, who was the first coach to lead the Ghana national football team to an Africa Cup of Nations victory.

As coach of the Ghana national football team, he won the African Cup of Nations three times (1963, 1965 and 1982), making him the most successful coach in the competition’s history. This record has since been equalled by Egypt’s Hassan Shehata.

11. 1978: Fred Osam Doudu (Ghana)

Frederick Osam-Duodu was a Ghanaian coach and a FIFA Instructor. He won the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations, the 1993 African U-20 Cup of Nations and a silver medal at the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championship. He was also Ghana’s coach during the 2002 African Cup of Nations, held in Mali.

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12. 1957: Mourad Fahmy (Egypt):

Mourad Fahmy was an Egyptian football coach who helped Egypt to their first African Cup of Nations victory.

He led Egypt to the inaugural African Cup of Nations in 1957 and won. Fahmy died in 1983 whilst attending a CAF meeting in Abidjan.

Twelve African Coaches Who Won AFCON


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