By Juliet Bawuah
With the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations underway, Goal.com Ghana celebrates some of the men on the touchline who have made an impact in the continental showpiece in the last decade.
|HASSAN SHEHATA - Won Afcon 2006, 2008 & 2010
In 2004, Shehata became Egyptian national team coach after the sacking of Italian coach Marco Tardelli. The 63-year-old led the Pharaohs to their first Cup of Nations title in eight years, after defeating Ivory Coast in the final in 2006. Under Shehata, the north Africans defended their trophy in both 2008 and 2010 making it three successive titles at the Africa Cup of Nations in a roll becoming the first African nation to achieve this record. He went ahead to be the longest-serving coach in the Egyptian national team history.
|PIERRE LECHANTRE - Won Afcon 2000
The 62-year-old won the 2000 Afcon co-hosted by Ghana and Nigeria with Cameroon. It was Cameroon’s first title in 12 years, and their third overall. He guided a side that had the experience of Patrick Mboma and youthful brilliance of a then 18-year-old Samuel Eto'o. That Cameroonian squad nurtured by Lechantre had the likes of Timotee Atouba, Geremi Ndjitap, Rigobert Song, the late Marc Vivien Foe, Pierre Wome, and Joseph-Desire who went on to become the backbone of the side over the next few years. He guided them to qualify for the tournament without losing a single game.
|WINFRIED SCHAFER - Won Afcon 2002
Played at Borussia Monchengladbach in the 70s, won the Bundesliga, Uefa Cup and DFP Pokal. Schafer succeeded Pierre Lechantre as Cameroon coach in 2001, and led them to defend their Afcon title in 2002 in Mali, beating Senegal on penalties in the final. The Indomitable Lions qualified from their group with a hundred percent record, and went on to win the tournament without conceding a single goal. Patrick Mboma and Salomon Olembe spearheaded that squad, scoring six goals between them en route to winning Cameroon’s fourth, and last title till date.
|ROGER LEMERRE - Won Afcon 2004
Lemerre won Euro 2000 and the 2001 Fifa Confederation Cup with France. He was also the assistant coach when France hosted and won the World Cup in 1998. He was tasked with guiding Tunisia to a 'host and win' agenda. The Frenchman finished the tournament unbeaten, while only conceding three goals. Winning Tunisia's first ever title, and they played scintillating attacking football with the likes of Francileudo dos Santos and Ziad Jaziri.
|HERVE RENARD - Won Afcon 2012
The 44-year-old led Zambia to a quarter-final stage for the first time in 16 years at the Nations Cup in 2010. He returned to coach Zambia to win the tournament against the odds, beating tournament favorites Ghana in the semis and Cote d’Ivoire in the final to deliver the Chipolopolo’s first ever title.