The CHAN 2022 final between Algeria and Senegal will offer this Saturday an enticing match in the match between Madjid Bougherra and Pape Thiaw, two A’ coaches with a somewhat similar profile.
Madjid Bougherra, in the shadow of Belmadi
Former captain of the Algerian selection (70 caps spread over 11 years), the defender is remembered as the author of the goal of the qualification for the 2014 World Cup against Burkina Faso. After hanging up his crampons in 2016, he quickly turned to his retraining as a coach.
Chaperoned by Djamel Belmadi, Bougherra started in the Gulf, first coaching the U23s of Al Duhail (Qatar) between 2017 and 2019 then the Emirati club of Al Fujairah FC between June 2019 and February 2020. He then inherited of Algeria A’ in June 2020 with CHAN in sight. The coronation at the FIFA Arab Cup in December 2021 will have allowed him to establish his legitimacy while waiting perhaps even better in a few hours…
Pape Thiaw, the logical ascent
Like Bougherra, Pape Thiaw is a seasoned former international since he was part of the 2002 generation that led Senegal to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The ex-striker had even made a heel of anthology on the golden goal of Henri Camara against Sweden in the round of 16 (2-1, ap). After graduating as a coach in France, the former Saint-Etienne player cut his teeth in the country by leading the Niarry Tally club several times between 2018 and 2021.
At the same time, Thiaw joined the staff of Joseph Koto among the A’ and he was chosen for succeed to the technician, who succumbed to illness in October 2021. Behind, everything went very quickly for Thiaw, who holds the opportunity to write the most beautiful page of his career as a coach.
🎥 Senegal’s last round of 16 against Sweden was won 2-1 thanks to a brace from Henri Camara #SEN
And in particular this golden goal scored in the 104th minute ⚽️#FIFAWorldCup
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