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African Bosses Who Could Coach In Europe

With there having been many European and South American coaches who have managed in Africa, here are some talented African football bosses who could work in Europe one day!

Click through the gallery above to see six African coaches who could manage in Europe in the future!

The African continent has welcomed many European and South American managers over the years, with Carlos Queiroz and Gernot Rohr being among the most high-profile.

Former Moroka Swallows shot-stopper Emmanuel Ndubuisi Egbo made history last year when he became the first African-born coach to take his team to UEFA Champions League qualification, although KF Tirana ultimately failed to qualify for the group stage of the tournament.

Not many African coaches have been given opportunities in Europe, but there are several managers from the African continent who have the experience and talent to work abroad.

Senegal boss Aliou Cisse could be one of them, having spent his entire playing career in Europe as he starred for clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Birmingham City. Cisse, 44, took the Senegal job in 2015 after previously working with his country's U23 side.

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In 2019, Cisse helped guide the Lions of Teranga to the Africa Cup of Nations final in Egypt, which his side lost 1-0 to an impressive Algeria team, also coached by a manager many believe has the skill required to work in Europe.

Djamel Belmadi was, in fact, born in France, but was capped 20 times for Algeria between 2000 and 2004. The former Desert Foxes boss is yet to work in Europe as a manager, but he has won nine trophies in his managerial career so far and that might appeal to any interested suitors.

South African tactician Rhulani Mokwena has been tipped for a successful coaching career, with Pitso Mosimane saying in 2020 that he believes his former colleague is part of the generation of local tacticians who should go to Europe.

Mosimane himself might still hold dreams of managing outside of Africa, although he has previously admitted to knowing just how difficult it is for African bosses to get jobs overseas.

Former AC Milan and Real Madrid superstar Clarence Seedorf appears to be at the forefront of this conversation, stating in February that black football coaches are not given opportunities in Europe.

The ex-Netherlands midfielder, who is the only player in history to have won the UEFA Champions League with three different clubs, said that he "played 12 years in Italy: after (coaching) Milan, despite having done a great job, I received no calls.

"Holland is my country, yet again, zero calls. What are the selection criteria? Why do great champions have no chance in Europe where they wrote pages of football history?

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"Why does Vieira have to go to New York and Henry to Canada? For coaches, there are no equal opportunities: if we look at the figures, there are no black people in the positions of greatest power in football."

 

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