While the African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast wrote a birth certificate for a number of competent coaches, it also wrote the end of an era for other coaches due to the disappointing results of their teams in the continental tournament.
The African Cup of Nations removed 6 coaches out of 24, meaning that a quarter of the coaches who started the tournament left their positions.
The Belgian Tom Saintveit resigned from coaching the Gambia national team, and Jalal El Kadri announced his departure from the Tunisia national team, while the Frenchman Jean-Louis Gasquet, the Ivory Coast coach, and the Irishman Chris Hughton were dismissed from coaching Ghana, and Djamel Belmadi was dismissed from coaching the Algerian national team, and the Algerian Adel Amrouche was also dismissed. From training the Tanzania national team.
Gambia's coach is the first to die
Santveit was one of the first to leave his position during the current edition of the continental championship, as he submitted his resignation immediately after Gambia's exit from the group stage.
The 50-year-old Belgian coach announced his decision after his team lost 3-2 in the last minutes to Cameroon in the last third group match of the tournament, a loss that put his team in last place in the group without any points.
Santveit, who trained a group of African teams during his career, had coached Gambia since 2018, where he led the small country surrounded by Senegal on the west coast of Africa, to qualify for the African Nations in 2021, and his team reached the quarter-finals in that edition. Of heroism.
The Gambian Football Association commented on the resignation of the Belgian coach, saying, “Thank you for everything you did, Commander. After everything he said and did, Gambia will miss a great tactical man. 5 and a half years of amazing service to our country, qualifying for the African Nations twice in a row. Always good luck.” “.
The departure of Belmadi and Al-Qadiri
Al-Qadiri also made the decision to leave coaching the Carthage Eagles immediately after exiting the group stage following the goalless draw with South Africa last Wednesday.
The Tunisia national team suffered a painful defeat with a clean goal against the Namibia national team, which recorded its first victory in the continental championship, then tied with Mali by a goal to the same, and then tied 0-0 with South Africa to score two points from 3 matches.
Al-Qadri said in his farewell message, “God destined and did what He wanted. Our goal was clear, which was to reach the semi-finals at least.”
He added, “I had confidence in achieving better results, but we were not successful and we bear responsibility.”
When asked if the South African national team’s match with the Carthage Eagles was its last, Jalal Al-Qadiri replied, “Yes, this is my decision and according to my contract, which requires reaching the semi-finals.”
Jalal Al-Qadiri justified his exit from the first round of the African Cup of Nations due to the team’s offensive suffering, lack of speed and skill solutions, and the decline in the players’ participation rate with their clubs.
The fate of Djamel Belmadi, the coach of the Algerian national team, was no different, who was dismissed after being eliminated from the first round.
A tweet by Mr. Walid Sadi, President of the Algerian Football Federation, in which he confirmed that an amicable agreement had been reached to terminate the contract between the Algerian Football Federation and the national voter, Djamel Belmadi. https://t.co/eYDLa0PmKJ
— Algerian football team (@LesVerts) January 24, 2024
The dismissal decision came through a statement issued by Sadi Walid, President of the Algerian Football Federation, via the
Sadi added, “We apologize to the fans of the team and the Algerian people for the unfortunate exit and the team's performance in the first round of the Nations Cup, and we promise to correct the mistakes of the past to restore the glories of the Algerian team.”
The Desert Foxes exited the first round of the African Cup of Nations by finishing bottom of Group Four after being content with two draws with Angola 1-1 and then Burkina Faso 2-2 before losing to Mauritania by a goal.
Belmadi led the Algerian national team to win the 2019 African Cup of Nations, which was held in Egypt, but the team was eliminated from the first round for the second edition in a row.
Suspension and dismissal
Adel Amroush also quickly left coaching the Tanzania national team, as the National Federation made this decision immediately after the Algerian coach was suspended for 8 matches and fined 10 thousand dollars by the Confederation of African Football (CAF), against the backdrop of his statements against the Moroccan Football Federation.
Adel Amroush criticized what he called some privileges of the Moroccan national team before the start of the African Nations Championship.
The Tanzania national team ended its campaign in the group stage with two points from 3 matches, losing to Morocco 1-3, then drawing with Zambia 1-1 and with Congo 0-0.
🟥 #Akher_Khobar | The Disciplinary Committee of the Confederation of African Football suspended 🇩🇿 Algerian Adil Amrouche, coach of the Tanzanian national team 🇹🇿 @Tanfootball For 8 matches, with a fine of 10,000 dollars, following his controversial statements before the match against Morocco 🇲🇦 in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire. pic.twitter.com/zeujoMrFxi
— beIN SPORTS News (@beINSPORTSNews) January 19, 2024
Completing the duties of Ghana and Ivory Coast coaches
Ghana's Irish national team coach, Chris Hughton, was sacked due to their exit from the group stage.
The Ghana national team failed to pass the group stage, after losing to Cape Verde 1-2 and drawing with the Egyptian and Mozambique national teams with the same score, 2-2, leaving the tournament, occupying last place in the second group.
The Ghana Football Association wishes to announce that Chris Hughton has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the senior National team with immediate effect.https://t.co/MjDiKZZfPV
— 🇬🇭 Ghana Football Association (@ghanafaofficial) January 23, 2024
French coach Jean-Louis Gasquet was also dismissed from coaching the Ivory Coast national team, before the team qualified, in a fictional scenario, for the knockout rounds based on the competitors’ results.
Emerys Fayé, the former national team midfielder, took over as coach of the “Elephants” on a temporary basis.
The “Elephants” team began its journey with a convincing victory over Guinea Bissau 2-0, but lost to Nigeria by a goal in the second round, then suffered a historic defeat at the hands of Equatorial Guinea by a clean 4-0, and Louis Gasquet was immediately ousted.
But the Ivory Coast team escaped an almost certain exit from the continental championship, and secured the final qualification card for the round of 16 among the best 4 teams that ranked third, benefiting from Morocco’s 1-0 victory over Zambia.
The only hope for the host country to qualify for the knockout rounds was for Zambia not to win over Morocco, which was actually achieved on Wednesday in the third and final round of Group Six matches.
The Ivory Coast team joined the teams of Guinea, Mauritania and Namibia in winning the four qualifying cards for the top 4 teams that ranked third.
Franck Kessie's teammates will face a very difficult match against defending champion Senegal on January 29 in the round of 16.