Local coaches dominate CAF Confederation Cup

AFP , Friday 24 Nov 2017

Coach Faouzi Benzarti (Reuters)

The dominance of African coaches over Europeans in CAF Confederation Cup finals will continue Saturday whether SuperSport United of South Africa or TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo triumph.

SuperSport are coached by former South Africa midfielder Eric Tinkler and Mazembe by Congolese Pamphile Mihayo, who once played for the club.

There have been 13 previous finals in the African equivalent of the Uefa Europa League and nine have been won by clubs with local coaches.

Veteran Tunisian Faouzi Benzarti achieved glory twice with Etoile Sahel, the 2006 and 2015 winners.

He is among three Confederation Cup-winning coaches who also boast victories in the more prestigious CAF Champions League, achieving that feat with Esperance.

The others who completed the double were Ghanaian Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, who died in 2015, and Moroccan Hussein Amotta.

Attuquayefio won both competitions with Accra outfit Hearts of Oak while Amotta lifted the Confederation Cup with FUS Rabat and the Champions League this year with Wydad Casablanca.

CAF Confederation Cup winning coaches

2004: Cecil Jones Attuquayefio (Hearts of Oak/GHA)

2005: Mohamed Fakhir (FAR Rabat/MAR)

2006: Faouzi Benzarti (Etoile Sahel/TUN)

2007: Michel Decastel, SUI (CS Sfaxien/TUN)

2008: Ghazi Ghrairi (CS Sfaxien/TUN)

2009: Djibril Drame (Stade Malien/MLI)

2010: Hussein Amotta (FUS Rabat/MAR)

2011: Rachid Taoussi (MAS Fes/MAR)

2012: Joseph Omog, CMR/Cyril Ndonga (AC Leopards/CGO)

2013: Ruud Krol, NED (CS Sfaxien/TUN)

2014: Juan Carlos Garrido, ESP (Al Ahly/EGY)

2015: Faouzi Benzarti (Etoile Sahel/TUN)

2016: Hubert Velud, FRA (TP Mazembe/COD)

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