The 2019 AFCON has come and gone but the aftermath is not without sore lamentations, especially for coaches.
While victory in Egypt was for Algeria who worked their way to a second AFCON title, courtesy of 1-0 victory over the Teranga lions of of Senegal, Coaches – who fell with their teams – by the wayside are on the tenterhooks.
The first ever 24-team format of the AFCON was filled with surprises and upsets as the minnows made a strong case in Egypt.
As 2019 AFCON showcased the artistry of a number of African coaches on the rise; compared to previous editions where foreign Coaches dominated the fray.
Two African coaches led their teams to the final of the AFCON, and this speaks volumes of what African coaches have in the offing.
Take for instance, at the 2017 AFCON in Gabon, there were 4 African and 12 foreign coaches.
At the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, there were 11 African and 13 foreign coaches; 7 coaches lost their jobs after the competition AFCON – 5 foreigners and 2 Africans.
This is the comprehensive list of coaches who lost their jobs; whether by sack or resignation.
Emmanuel Amunike (Tanzania)
After 39 years of absence, the Taifa Stars of Tanzania returned to the AFCON with the Nigerian ex-international Emmanuel Amunike. Unfortunately, Tanzania lost all their matches and Amunike was fired a day after the group stages.
Sébastien Desabre (Uganda)
The former coach of Coton sports of Garoua (Cameroon) managed to lift Uganda into the round 16 but it wasn’t enough to see him keep the job.
The Ugandan Football Federation, however, appreciated the work of the French tactician before firing him.
Hervé Renard (Morocco)
The two-time African champion with Zambia and Ivory Coast could not work his magic with the Atlas Lions of Morocco.
After a surprise elimination in the round 16 against the Squirrels of Benin, Hervé Renard took his responsibilities by ending his contract with Morocco.
Javier Aguirre (Egypt)
The Mexican coach of the Pharaohs of Egypt was sacked after the host were knocked out by the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in the round of 16.
The entire technical staff of the pharaohs suffered the same fate as well as the president of the Egyptian football federation, Hani Abu Rida, who after sacking the coach and the technical staff also submitted his resignation.
Paul Put (Guinea)
A well known figure on the African continent, but who failed to achieve the goal assigned him by the Guinean Football Federation.
Eliminated in the round of 16 by Algeria, Paul Put was shown the door after 12 official matches with a record of 3 wins, 4 draws and 5 defeats.
Clarence Seedorf (Cameroon)
The Dutch coach of the indomitable Lions of Cameroon was fired by FECAFOOT after 11 months of service.
This is the longest serving term of the former Ajax and Real Madrid player who has never spent more than 6 months in a club as a coach.
Defeated by Nigeria in the round of 16, Clarence Seedorf was booted out because of poor results, inability to hold his group and dubious tactical choices.
Sunday Chidzambwa (Zimbabwe)
Zimbabwe head coach, Sunday Chidzambwa announced his resignation on July 24, 2019 without giving any convincing reasons.
A few days before qualifying for CHAN against Mauritius, Chidzambwa left his position as Coach.
The 69 year-old succeeded in qualifying Zimbabwe for AFCON 2019 but couldn’t make it past the group stage of this competition.