Football: Rabah Saâdane, 7th best African coach of all time


Former Algerian football coach, Rabah Saâdane, is 7th in a list that includes the “11 biggest coaches who have marked the history of African football,” according to a report published by the Senegalese website “Galsen221”, APS reported.

Saâdane distinguished himself, thanks to his brilliant career with the national team he led five times, notably taking part in the qualification of Algeria as assistant coach, in the final phase of the 1982 World Cup in Spain For the first time, as well as in the 1986 and 2010 World Championships respectively in Mexico and South Africa.

Saâdane has already been named best technician in Africa by the International Convention on Sport in Africa (CISA) in Bamako, on the occasion of its 6th edition.

The Algerian technician was also able to qualify the Fennecs to three final stages of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN-1986, 2004, 2010), where he achieved his best performance by taking them to the semi-finals in Angola in 2010 (defeat against Egypt 4-0).

In the youth, former USM Blida could qualify Rachid Sebbar’s teammates at the U20 World Cup in Japan in 1979 for the first time in national football history.

The first place in this ranking came back to French coach, Herve Renard, with two CANs won in 2012 with Zambia and in 2015 with Ivory Coast, followed by the Nigerian Stephen Keshi, who won the African title with the Super Eagles as a player in 1994 and as coach in 2013.

The Senegalese Lamine N’Diaye is in third place, followed by the late Frenchman, Bruno Metsu (4th) and the Ghanaian, Charles Kumi Gyamfi (5th).

The sixth place went to Egyptian coach, Hassan Shehata, who won three African trophies (2006, 2008, 2010), ahead of his compatriot, Mahmoud El-Gohary, African champion in 1958 and coach in 1998 (8th). The 9th position is for the Tunisian coach, Faouzi Benzarti, the 10th for the Frenchman Claude Leroy and the 11th for the Congolese, Florent Ibenge.


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