AFCON 2023: Full List of Coaches Who Lost Their Jobs at the Just Concluded Tournament

AFCON 2023: Full List of Coaches Who Lost Their Jobs at the Just Concluded Tournament

Fred Kennedy
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Eight coaches lost their jobs at the just-concluded 2023 AFCON
  • These eight include Tom Saintfiet, who was in charge of Gambia
  • Saintfiet resigned after his side was eliminated in the group stages

At least eight coaches lost their jobs during the ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The majority of the tacticians were sacked after an underwhelming outing in the continental showpiece.

Tunisia's Jalel Kadri headlines the list of managers who have been rendered jobless, with the tactician quitting his position after the North African football powerhouse was bundled out of the tournament.

Tunisia's head coach, Jalel Kadri, looks on from the touchline during the Africa Cup of Nations Group E match against South Africa.
Tunisia's head coach, Jalel Kadri, looks on from the touchline during the Africa Cup of Nations Group E match against South Africa. Photo by Fadel Senna.
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According to the BBC, Kadri announced he would be stepping down during his post-match interview after his side drew 0-0 against South Africa.

The Eagles of Carthage needed a positive result in the midweek match to qualify for the last 16, having lost and drawn their other Group E fixtures.

Their disappointing draw against Bafana Bafana saw Tunisia finish bottom of the pool, which also included Mali and Namibia.

Sports Brief looks at the five other managers who have left their roles.

Coaches who have quit during AFCON 2023

1. Adel Amrouche (Tanzania)

Tanzania suspended the Algerian-Belgian after just one game.

The East African nation's football federation sanctioned Amrouche after he was slapped with an eight-game ban and fined by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

According to the Washington Post, Hemed Suleiman was appointed to replace Amrouche.

2. Djamel Belmadi (Algeria)

The 47-year-old parted ways with Algeria after an underwhelming campaign that culminated in an embarrassing defeat against minnows, Mauritania.

The Desert Warriors lost 1-0 to the Almoravids in their final Group D match to bow out of the tournament.

3. Tom Saintfiet (The Gambia)

Saintfiet resigned from his role after the Gambia were eliminated from AFCON in the group stages.

The 50-year-old was appointed named the country's head coach in 2018, leading them to the competition's quarter-finals in 2021.

4. Chris Hughton (Ghana)

Ghana's FA brutally sacked Hughton after the Black Stars were bundled out of the tournament in the group stages.

The West Africans picked up just two points in a group that included Cape Verde, Egypt, and Mozambique.

5. Jean Louis Gasset (Ivory Coast)

The Frenchman was sacked by Ivory Coast after their 4-0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea.

This was the Elephants' heaviest home defeat in history, leaving them on the brink of being eliminated in the group stages.

6. Baciro Cande (Guinea-Bissau)

Guinea-Bissau coach Baciro Cande became the latest casualty to lose his role after the country's federation confirmed his deal won't be renewed when it expires in March.

Guinea-Bissau became the first country to be eliminated from the 2023 edition in the group stages.

7. Rui Vitoria (Egypt)

Rui Vitoria was sacked as Egypt's head coach after the African football giants failed to make it past the round of 16.

The Pharaohs were eliminated after a dramatic penalty shoot-out against the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Ivory Coast win third AFCON title

Sports Brief recently reported on Ivory Coast's win in the final of AFCON 2023.

The Elephants secured a dramatic come-from-behind 2-1 victory in the championship match.

Sebastian Haller sent the home fans into a frenzy, scoring the match-winner in the 81st minute.

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Fred Kennedy has a Bachelor's degree in journalism (Daystar University), currently working as a Sports Editor. He has more than five years of experience in digital journalism.