Group C of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt would house some of the best players to expect in the tournament.
The likes of Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez, Victor Wanyama among others are all household names in the football circle. But just how well would their managers use them?
GNA Sports takes a critical look at the coaches in Group C.
Algeria- Djamel Belmadi (Algerian)
Algeria’s football federation appointed the former Algerian international Djamel Belmadi as their new manager in 2018, after he agreed a four-year deal.
Belmadi, who became the North African nation’s sixth manager in two years, succeeded Rabah Madjer who was sacked in June.
The 43 year-old represented Algeria between 2000 and 2004, scoring five goals in 20 appearances, and captained his country at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia.
Most recently, Belmadi led Al-Duhail to its second consecutive Qatar Stars League title before relinquishing his duties on 12 June.
His managerial career began at club level in Qatar and he took charge of their national team for a year but was fired after Qatar finished bottom of their group at the 2015 Asian Cup finals in Australia.
Kenya- Sébastien Migné (French)
Sébastien Migné is French football coach and former player who was appointed as the Kenya national team coach in May 2018.
Under national team head-coach Sébastien Migné Kenya national football team has been nominated for the first time in history for the CAF Men’s national team of the year award 2018.
The 46-year-old came from France to work as an assistant to Claude le Roy with the Democratic Republic of Congo squad at the 2013 Cup of Nations finals.
Migne then got a chance to run the under-20 side before going out on his own across the Congo river to become national coach of the Congo Republic in 2017.
Migné was previously coach of the Democratic Republic of the Congo national under-20 football team. He was the first coach to qualify the team for the continental championships.
Migné was appointed coach of the Congo national team in March 2017. He left in March 2018.
Senegal- Aliou Cissé (Senegalese)
Aliou Cissé was born on March 24, 1976 was a former Senegalese player.
In early March 2015, Cissé was officially appointed as the head coach for the Senegal national team. The team qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 10 November 2017, with a 0–2 away win against South Africa. Ultimately, Senegal were knocked out in the group stage of the tournament after becoming the first team in FIFA World Cup history to be eliminated due to fair play tiebreaker rules.
He coached Senegal’s under-23 team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and then took over the senior side in 2015 and will be coaching at a second successive Cup of Nations finals.
He captained Senegal at the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea, where they beat holders France in the opening game and reached the quarter final.
Tanzania- Emmanuel Amunike (Nigeria)
Emmanuel Amuneke is a former famous Nigerian international born on December 25, 1970. He was part of the team that participated at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, a first-ever for the African country, scoring against Bulgaria (3–0 group stage win) and Italy (1–2 round-of-16 loss); also in that year, he helped the Super Eagles win the Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia, eventually being voted African Footballer of the Year.
Amunike again played all the games at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, scoring the winning goal in the final as the national team won the gold medal. Knee problems kept him out of the 1998 World Cup.
As a coach, Amuneke took over the head coaching duties at former team Julius Berger in December 23, 2008 after completing two years of coaching courses in Europe. For a while, he combined this position with the role for the Red Devils, but eventually quit his post in England to concentrate on his coaching career.
Amunike was sacked halfway through his first season after conflicts with management, despite saving the team from relegation. He was hired in early November 2009 as the new coach of Ocean Boys FC. He became coach of Al Khartoum SC in November 2017, and left in March 2018.Amuneke coached Nigeria’s under 17 World Cup winning team of 2015. On 6 August 2018, he was appointed as Tanzania national football team head coach.