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May 26, 2022

AFCON: Three coaches have left their roles already, how long will the list grow?

By Brian Aheebwa
Norman Mapeza will be leaving his role as the head coach of the Zimbabwe national football team | Courtesy Image

Ghana’s Milovan Rajevac, Nigeria’s Augustine Eguavoen and Zimbabwe’s Norman Mapeza have all left their head coach roles following a failed 2021 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Cameroon.

And the above list is expected to continue growing as the tournament also continues and teams failing to achieve their targets.

With a star studded squad, Ghana were expected to go far as the AFCON is concerned, but surprisingly they didn’t go past the group stages.

This forced a government hand through the Ministry of Youth and Sports which ordered the Ghana Football Federation to sack Rajevac.

The Black Stars registered only a single point in Group C when they drew one-all with Gabon. They lost the other two games to 1-0 to Morocco and shockingly 3-2 to debutants Comoros.

Meanwhile, Nigeria were tipped by many to go all the way and claim their fourth AFCON trophy under Eguavoen given their 100% show in the group stages.

However, the Super Eagles who won all their three Group D games left the world speechless when they lost 1-0 to the Covid-19 affected Tunisia.

Tunisia only reached the knockouts as one of the best four third placed teams, having gathered only three points in Group F.

Although he was always meant to leave the head coach role given that he was serving on an interim basis, this came too early for Eguavoen who immediately stepped down after Nigeria’s exit.

Eguavoen now returns to his Technical Director position in the Nigeria Football Federation. Jose Peseiro who was named Nigeria’s permanent head coach following the sacking of Gernot Rohr will now assume full responsibility.

Mapeza who only returned to the head coach position of the Zimbabwe national team in September 2021, has also quit following the expiry of his contract.

The Zimbabwe Football Association confirmed it was an interim arrangement between the Platinum head coach in the PSL and them which expired at the tournament.

The Warriors finished rock bottom of Group B with three points which weren’t enough for them to progress to the Round of 16.

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