“A disastrous Wednesday” for Arab coaches in the “African Nations”
Arab coaches faced a “disastrous Wednesday” in the African Cup of Nations, which ousted Algeria’s coach Djamel Belmadi, the 2019 champion, and Tunisia’s coach Jalal El Kadri, and hindered the march of the fourth World Cup in 2022 and the continent’s best coach, Moroccan coach Walid Regragui, who was suspended by the African Union for four matches for disciplinary reasons.
The “continental wedding” began in Côte d’Ivoire with the presence of five Arab coaches, in addition to Belmadi, Al-Qadiri and Regragui, the Algerian Adel Amroush, the coach of Tanzania, and the Comorian Amir Abdo, the coach of Mauritania, the only survivor of the guillotine.
The beginning was with Ragragui, who, hours before the start of his team’s match against Zambia in the third round of the group stage, faced a decision from the Continental Confederation to suspend him for four matches, two of which were suspended, for disciplinary reasons against the backdrop of the events witnessed at the end of the confrontation against the Democratic Republic of Congo and the altercation with its defender and captain. Chancel Mbemba.
A decision that the Moroccan Federation described as “unjust” and “irrational,” indicating that it would appeal against the decision because it believed that the young coach had not committed “any behavior that violates the spirit of sportsmanship.”
From the stands, Regragui attended the Zambia match, which ended with Morocco’s 1-0 win, and communicated with his assistant Rachid Ben Mahmoud via mobile phone.
After that, “Wednesday” directed its blow at Belmadi, Algeria’s coach since August 2018, and its leader to its second title in 2019.
Federation President Walid Sadi announced the coach’s departure through an “amicable agreement” following the sudden exit, the second in a row, from the African Cup of Nations.
Since leading the Algerian national team to the second star in 2019, Belmadi has faced a sharp decline, leaving twice in a row from the continental tournament in last place in its group and without any victory.
The bad luck followed Madi, who extended his contract with Al-Ittihad Al-Ittihad last October until 2026, even during his career with his country in the African qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar 2022, after the fatal loss at home to Cameroon in the playoff round 1-2. After extand. Note that Algeria had won the first leg in Cameroon 1-0.
“I take the responsibility», About an hour after Madi was ousted, Tunisia coach Jalal Al-Qadiri announced his resignation from his position following the team’s exit from the first round, placing it at the bottom of its group without achieving a single win, contenting itself with scoring one goal in three matches.
After the “Carthage Eagles” tied without goals against South Africa and bid farewell to the competition, Al-Qadri said: “My decision is final.” My contract includes that I reach the semi-finals, and because we did not achieve that, the contract has ended.”
The coach, who has been leading Tunisia for nearly two years, said: “I bear responsibility.”
Tunisia’s performance was very disappointing, in contrast to its performance 13 months ago when it beat World Cup runner-up France 1-0 in Qatar, when the French played with a reserve squad to ensure their qualification.
Before Wednesday, fate was not kind to the Algerian coach of the Tanzania national team, Adel Amrouche, who was suspended for eight matches due to his criticism of Morocco and its federation.
Amrouche said, “Morocco runs African football,” claiming that Moroccan officials within the African Union are the ones who decide which referees run their national team’s matches and at what time they start.
As a result, the Tanzanian Federation decided to terminate the contract of the 55-year-old Algerian coach, who assumed his duties in March 2023.
The only Arab coach who survived this guillotine was the Comorian Amir Abdo, who continued to write success by leading Mauritania to advance to the second round for the first time, as well as achieving its first victory in the competition ever.
Abdou led his country to the 2021 edition, where it also managed to pass the group stage before losing to host Cameroon.
His historic victory came at the expense of Algeria and led to the overthrow of Madi.
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