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Most Successful AFCON Coaches, their titles, consecutive wins

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Most Successful AFCON Coaches

While the focus of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) is often on the players, the role of coaches cannot be overlooked. In this article, we will explore some of the coaching milestones in AFCON history to discover the most successful AFCON Coaches.

Most Successful AFCON Coaches

Let’s now explore the coaching milestones in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) history, learn about the most successful coaches, their titles, consecutive wins, retaining the title, winning with multiple teams, and achieving success as both players and coaches.

Most Titles Won as Coach

When it comes to winning AFCON titles, two coaches stand out. Charles Gyamfi, as the manager of Ghana, won the tournament three times in 1963, 1965, and 1982. Hassan Shehata, as the manager of Egypt, also achieved the feat three times in 2006, 2008, and 2010.

Most Consecutive Titles Won as Coach

Hassan Shehata holds another record for winning the AFCON title three times consecutively as the manager of Egypt in 2006, 2008, and 2010. His remarkable achievement showcases his ability to build and maintain a successful team over an extended period.

Coaches Who Retained the Title

Retaining the AFCON title is a difficult task, but two coaches have managed to achieve this feat. Hassan Shehata, as the manager of Egypt, won the tournament two times in a row in 2008 and 2010. Charles Gyamfi, as the manager of Ghana, also retained the title in 1965.

Coaches Who Won Titles with Multiple Teams

Some coaches have had the honor of winning AFCON titles with different teams. Hervé Renard, as the manager of Zambia in 2012 and Ivory Coast in 2015, achieved this remarkable feat. It showcases his ability to adapt and succeed with different teams.

Won Title as Both Player and Coach

Only a few individuals have experienced the joy of winning the AFCON title both as a player and as a coach. Mahmoud El-Gohary achieved this milestone, winning the tournament in 1959 as a player and in 1998 as a manager, both with Egypt. Stephen Keshi also shares this achievement, winning in 1994 as a player and in 2013 as a manager, both with Nigeria.

Appearance in Final as Both Player and Coach

Some coaches have not only reached the final as a coach but also experienced the final as a player. Aliou Cissé, the manager of Senegal, lost the final in 2002 as a player and then reached the final in 2019 and won in 2021 as a manager. Mahmoud El-Gohary and Stephen Keshi also share this milestone, having reached the final as players and then winning as coaches.

Most Nations Coached in the Tournament

Claude Le Roy from France holds the record for coaching the most nations in the AFCON tournament. He has managed six different teams, including Cameroon, Senegal, Ghana, DR Congo, Congo, and Togo, in various editions of the tournament.

Most Tournament Appearances as Coach

Claude Le Roy also holds the record for the most tournament appearances as a coach. He has managed teams in nine different AFCON tournaments, showcasing his longevity and passion for African football.

This article was updated 1 month ago

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