Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi criticised the role white coaches in African football

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Jan 4th, 2013
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Nigeria's national football team head coach Stephen Keshi watches on June 3, 2012 his team play a 2014 World Cup qualifying Group F match against Namibia at the U.J. Esuene stadium in Calabar.    AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Nigeria’s national football team head coach Stephen Keshi watches on June 3, 2012 his team play a 2014 World Cup qualifying Group F match against Namibia at the U.J. Esuene stadium in Calabar. AFP PHOTO / PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has strongly criticised the role of some white coaches in African football just weeks before the Africa Cup of Nations.

Frenchman Herve Renard coached Zambia to the 2012 title but Keshi has concerns about some who work on the continent.

“The white guys are coming to Africa just for the money,” he said.

“They are not doing anything that we cannot do. I am not racist but that’s just the way it is.”
2012 NATIONS CUP COACHES

Cape Verde – Lucio Antunes
Ethiopia – Sewnet Bishaw
Ghana – Kwesi Appiah
Morocco – Rachid Taoussi
Nigeria – Stephen Keshi
South Africa – Gordon Igesund
Tunisia – Sami Trabelsi (all local)
Algeria – Vahid Halilhodzic (Bosnia)
Angola – Gustavo Ferrin (Uruguay)
Burkina Faso – Paul Put (Belgium)
DR Congo – Claude LeRoy (France)
Ivory Coast – Sabri Lamouchi (France)
Mali – Patrick Carteron (France)
Niger – Gernot Rohr (Germany)
Togo – Didier Six (France)
Zambia – Herve Renard (France)

The Nigerian, who won the Nations Cup as a player in 1994, was also critical of the attitude taken by some of the continent’s governing bodies.

The former Togo coach feels that there is a substantial difference in the way that local and foreign coaches are treated by football associations across Africa.

“African coaches – when [federations] employ them, [the federations] want them to win the World Cup, the Africa Cup of Nations and every game,” said a man who has steered Nigeria into this month’s finals in South Africa.

“Meanwhile, if you give a white person the same job, you tell the white person they need one year to adapt, to know the country and the players – they are told ‘don’t worry, take your time’.

“That is unprofessional and is one thing that is killing African football.”

Of the 16 coaches who will be leading out sides at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, nine hail from either Europe or South America while seven are from the Africa.

Foreign, mainly-European, coaches have long had an influence on African football.

A Hungarian coach – Pal Titkos – le Egypt to Nations Cup glory in only the second edition of the tournament in 1959.

In all, Africa’s premier football event has been won by a local coach on 13 occasions, with foreign coaches triumphing 15 times.BBC

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