Belmadi Wants More African Coaches To Take Charge Of National Teams

Belmadi Wants More African Coaches To Take Charge Of National Teams

Desert Foxes of Algeria head coach Djamel Belmadi has tasked football federations in Africa to put more trust in indigenous coaches, Completsports.com reports.

Belmadi’s side edged out the Super Eagles of Nigeria 2-1 at the Cairo International Stadium on Sunday to secure a spot in the final of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

The North Africans will face the Teranga Lions of Senegal managed by another African Aliou Cisse in the final of the competition on Sunday.

The Senegalese saw off the challenge of Tunisia 1-0 after extra time to reach the final.

Belmadi believes that the impressive performances of the two finalists is a strong message to soccer authorities on the continent who have so much belief in expatriate coaches.

“It’s a great message that we have sent to those responsible for football in all countries in Africa, it’s amazing,” Belmadi told the media after the win against Nigeria.

“I’ve known Cisse for a very long time, we used to play against each other when we were both in France. The only difference between us is that he’s been with his team for four years and I have been here for just one year.

“To play this final against Senegal, against my friend, is amazing. I hope the decision-makers can think more about this and put trust in our young coaches.”

By Adeboye Amosu (pix: by Ganiyu Yusuf) in Cairo

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  • Glory 2 years ago

    If only our local coaches can refuse to mess up their hands with senseless bribe taking, which always makes them appear foolish,I will always go local. That being said, I LL suggest, NFF attaches any two of Oliseh, Amunike,Siasia, to Gernot Rohr going forward with clearly defined positions n duty. All other present Rohr assistants should be asked to leave. They seem not to have helped in any way. Can’t believe Agu being there, while we re still crying out for a good goal keeper, despite Ejide, with so much experience, still going strong. One thing, we fail to understand,is d older the keeper,the better.

    • Dr. Drey 2 years ago

      Glory…I bet you…one bad game and people who cannot even kick an orange will start telling him his life history. This same Ejide you are clamoring for has always being bruised and batter all through his time in the SE. Dele Ayienugba too was sent into early international retirement after one bad match against guinea in 2012. Those same people who sent them to retirement are the ones that still come to CSN today to cry for their recall to the SE. Pls how many bad matches did Uzoho have in the SE before the Seychelles game…? I dont remember any, you can remind me of one if you do remember…but the never-do-wells hauched the young man almost into oblivion. Even we he had issues with his registration in cyprus, they called him all sorts of names. I dont know what the young man did to them. And guess what… we wasted this AFCON giving a “32yr old” akpeyi the “opportunity to grow”, whereas it would have served as better in the long term if Uzoho remained in goal.
      Shebi na quick fixes we like for Nigeria…no long term plans. Make dem nor worry…..let them go and bring their quick fixes coaches. Lolz. By the time we find ourselves back in no 14th position for africa, our eye go clear…LMAO

      • Glory 2 years ago

        To be honest I don’t know what Uzoho did wrong? Rohr bowed to pressure regarding Uzoho n Balogun. One mistake is never enough to bench players that were already blending as a unit.

  • abba rossi 2 years ago

    is a slap on G rohr whom ve been with super eagle for more than 3years now but still he team are very young and doesn’t have team working? NFF wake up stop the fraud get a better person, competent coach, we all know the next line of action rohr will be sack and for how long NFF will be doing this? get a better trainer who ve interest in developing African give him time, Nigerians will be prove of you not to be spending money and still failing we all see what happen to U17,U20,Falcon and now super eagle.

  • Omo9ja 2 years ago

    “I have been here for just one year.” A strong message indeed. Look at what you have been able to build for a year and compare that to Nigerian team?

    That means NFF are wasting our money. Your message says a lot. Tactically, Mr. Rohr have nothing to offer.

    We have individual players but we don’t have a team. He has been in charge of this team over 3years now and still, we can’t be bold enough to say yes we have a team or a realiable coach. Mr. Rohr must go including the entire coaching crew.

    If NFF refused to do that, they must go with them. We hire we fire. We are patriotic Nigerians. This is very embarrassing. Disgusting. Emotional. Disgraceful and too bad to swole.

    AMUNIKE head coach
    Obuh assistant coach
    Kanu team adviser
    Peter Rufai goalkeeper trainer
    These are the best for the Super Eagles team.

    Enough is enough. Within a year, this our new coaches will make us proud. God bless Nigeria!!!