The Confederation of African Football, CAF, has honoured former Super Eagles coach, Late Stephen Keshi and former Egyptian footballer and coach, Mahmoud El-Gohary for their contributions to the development of African football.
Nigeria’s Stephen Keshi and Egypt’s Mahmoud El-Gohary, both of blessed memories are the only two men to have won the African Cup of Nations, AFCON, both as players and coaches.
Keshi was the Super Eagles captain when they won their second Afcon title in 1994 in Tunisia, then guided his nation to their third triumph as coach in 2013 in South Africa.
On Keshi’s achievement, CAF wrote on their official website saying, “Another highlight of Keshi’s coaching career was guiding Togo successfully in the qualifiers of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, but missed out on the final tournament in Germany after being replaced by German Otto Pfister.”
Egyptian El Gohary won the second edition of AFCON in 1959 as a player, before guiding the Pharaohs to their fourth title in 1998 as a coach.
El Gohary had a brilliant coaching career that saw him winning CAF Champions League titles with Cairo rivals, Al Ahly, 1982 and Zamalek, 1993.
The iconic figure passed away in August 2012, aged 74,” CAF stated.
Keshi died in June 2016, at fifty-four while El Gohary passed away in August 2012, at seventy-four.
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