Historic AFCON final on the horizon


A unique milestone, last achieved in a clash between Bafana Bafana and Egypt more than two decades ago, will be repeated when Algeria and Senegal meet in the Africa Cup of Nations final tonight.

With more than 32 editions of the Africa showpiece having taking place over the years, this year's final in Cairo marks only the fifth decider in which both sides have a local coach at the helm of the team.

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The last final that featured two African coaches was in 1998, when the late Mahmoud El-Gohary made history by becoming the first man to win the tournament as a player (1959) as well as a coach, guiding the Pharaohs to a fourth African title following a 2-0 victory over Jomo Sono's South Africa.

One would have to travel back more than 50 years to see the first-ever final contested between two local managers, which came in 1962, when Yidnekatchew Tessema guided Ethiopia to a shock Afcon triumph, securing a 4-2 victory over a more-fancied Pharaohs side led by Egyptian duo Hanafy Bastan and Mohamed El-Guindy.

The other two finals that featured only local coaches were both won by Ghana, in 1965 and 1978, with the Black Stars defeating Tunisia and Uganda, respectively, in those encounters.

Regardless of the scoreline between Senegal and Algeria tonight, history will be made at the Cairo International Stadium, with either Lions of Teranga boss Aliou Cisse or Desert Foxes coach Djamel Belmadi set to become the 12th African coach to lift an Afcon title.