Five African countries have cemented their places in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup slated late this year.
The Africa set are: Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal, with two North African Morocco and Tunisia, making up the list.
While individual teams begin preparations towards the Mondial, all things being equal, four African coaches will be leading their sides to Qatar.
The similarities among these qualified teams is that all the four countries are lead by their former national team players of which two are substantive managers while the other two are interim coaches.
The four are as follows:
* Jalel Kadri: Tunisia (interim coach)
* Otto Addo: Ghana (interim manager)
* Rigobert Song: Cameroon
* Aliou Cisse: Senegal
The Senegalese gaffer is likely to have the biggest expectation on his shoulders after winning the country’s first African Cup of Nations earlier this year.
Cisse’s charges completed a double over the Pharaohs of Egypt by eliminating the North Africans from the World Cup playoffs. Incidentally, both victories came via penalty kicks.
Otto Addo on the other hand has turned around Ghana’s Black Stars who entered the playoffs on the back of a shambolic outing at the AFCON.
The team defeated Nigeria’s Super Eagles – one of the best teams at the 2021 AFCON – after drawing one-all in Abuja after a goalless first leg in Kumasi.