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Five of the best African managers

The National staff   |  February 6, 2013

After Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi's criticism of African sides employing mediocre European coaches instead of former African players, we look at five of the most successful managers from the continent

Carlos Queiroz, Mozambique Left Mozambique as a 21 year old and, apart from a stint in charge of South Africa’s national team, has done all his coaching outside Africa, including a stint with the UAE national team, a season at Real Madrid, two goes at managing Portugal, and Sporting Lisbon.

Lamine Ndiaye, Senegal The former Senegal international, 56, has had repeated success in African club football. With Cameroon’s Cotonsport Garoua, he won several domestic leagues and the Caf Cup and took DR Congo’s TP Mazembe to the African Champions League and a silver medal at the Club World Cup.

Hassan Shehata, Egypt Helped Al Wasl to the league title in 1987, among other achievements across club football in the Middle East. But his honours in charge of Egypt, for whom he had played in the 1970s, set him apart: three successive Nations Cup trophies between 2006 and 2010.

Stephen Keshi, Nigeria The former Nigeria captain has held three different national jobs, including Togo, who he helped guide to World Cup qualification in 2006, Mali who he took to a Nations Cup, though only to the first round, and now his native Nigeria, with whom he seeks a place in the final tonight.

Lucio Antunes, Cape Verde Has raised his profile considerably in the past six months, by guiding tiny Cape Verde, where he combined the role of coach with his other job, as an air-traffic controller, to their first ever Africa Cup of Nations finals. There they reached the quarter-final.