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Wednesday, 21 August, 2002, 14:16 GMT 15:16 UK
All change at the top
Bruno Metsu with the Senegalese team
Metsu's departure from Senegal caused an uproar

African countries have been scurrying in recent weeks to appoint new coaches to lead their bids to qualify for the next African Nations Cup finals in 2004.

When the first qualifiers are played on the weekend of 6-8 September, more than two thirds of the competitors will have coaches taking charge of their first competitive matches.

Three of the five African countries that went to the World Cup have all got new coaches.

Ephraim Mashaba
Mashaba has taken charge of Bafana Bafana
Ephraim Mashaba takes charge of South Africa, Christian Chukwu at Nigeria and Youssef Zouaoui is temporarily in charge of Tunisia until a high profile foreigner is found.

Senegal have also lost their inspirational French coach Bruno Metsu.

Officials in Senegal said a replacement for Metsu would be named just days before the team travels to Lesotho for their opening Nations Cup qualifier on 8 September.

Veteran French coach Robert Nouzaret, who took Bastia to the French Cup final in May, returns to take charge of Ivory Coast for the second time while former Polish national coach Wojciech Lazarek is now in charge of Sudan.

Christian Chukwu
Chukwu took over Nigeria after the World Cup
Cameroon's Jean-Paul Akono, who took his country's under-23 side to Olympic gold at the 2000 Sydney games, has a tough task with Chad, while former Africa Footballer of the Year Badou Ezaki replaces Humberto Coelho as coach of Morocco.

The German Jochen Figge has also just arrived in Addis Adaba to become Ethiopia's second foreign coach.

He had formerly lead Zambia, Botswana, Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago and now hopes to return Ethiopia to a force once more in African football.

African national coaches:

Algeria: Hamid Zouba
Burkina Faso: Jean Paul Rabier
Chad: Jean-Paul Akono
Congo: Claude Andrey
Cote d'Ivoire: Robert Nouzaret
DR Congo: Eugene Kabongo
Egypt: Mohsen Salah
Ethiopia: Jochen Figge
Ghana: Milan Zivadinovic
Kenya; Jacob Mulee
Lesotho: Monaheng Monyane
Liberia: Kabalah Kromah
Madagascar: Hein Heinger
Mali: Christian Dagler
Mauritania: Moussa Ghassem
Morocco: Zaki Badou
South Africa: Ephraim "Shakes" Mashaba
Niger: Amadou Doula
Nigeria: Christian Chukwu
Sudan: Wojciech Lazarek
Tunisia: Youssef Zouaoui
Zambia: Patrick Phiri
Zimbabwe: Sunday Marimo

See also:

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