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The stars of the forthcoming FIFA World Cup have begun to arrive in Qatar ahead of the first-ever edition of the tournament to be staged in the Middle East and Arab world.
The World Cup is scheduled to take place in Qatar from 20th November to 18 December 2022.
Happening for the first time and making history, all five of Africa’s World Cup-bound representatives will be coached by local coaches. Only European or South American coaches have been used in the past, leading to mixed reactions. Rigobert Song from Cameroon, Tunisia’s Jalel Kadri are among coaches going to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup.
Here are African coaches set to make history.
Rigobert Song is a Cameroon football player who after his retirement, became the manager of the Cameroon national team.
Rigobert was on the limelight a few days ago because he was not able to pronounce the names of his 26-team-squad players at a major press conference.
Song, who appeared at four editions of the tournament for his country over 16 years, made 137 appearances for Cameroon across his career.
Jalel Kadri (Tunisia) has never been a footballer. He has had more than 20 managerial and coaching positions in his career. He has never maintained a position for more than one year.
Walid Regragui is a retired professional football player from Morocco. He has in the past played for clubs such as Toulouse, AC Ajaccio, Grenoble and Racing Santander. He is the head coach of the Morocco national football team. Walid was Born in France.
Otto Addo is the current manager of the Ghana National Football team. Otto Addo works as a talent coach for Borussia Dortmund.
He has previously represented BVB during his 16-year playing career in German football. He enjoyed a great football career in Germany, the highlight coming in the 2001-02 season when he won the Bundesliga title with Borussia Dortmund.
Aliou Cissé was born in Senegal. He is the head Coach of the Senegalese team. The team has gone from strength to strength since he took over. This is not the first time he the team has gone for the World Cup.
He played 43 matches for the French club (PSG) from 1998 to 2002. Afterwards he went to the Premier League where he featured for both Birmingham City and Portsmouth.