The AFCON 2023 tournament that is presently going on in Ivory Coast has lived up to its billing. It has witnessed some tense and action-packed moments on the football field and has been a treat for the fans.
But off the field too, there have been some glaring instances that has grabbed the attention of the football lovers across the globe. For a manager, performance of a team and results is the biggest yardstick that measures their success quotient.
Several managers in the ongoing AFCON 2023 have been sacked from their respective positions following paltry performances on the field. Undoubtedly, the AFCON 2023 tournament has been a high-profile tournament and has the eyeballs of millions of people.
A string gets pulled in a wrong direction and it can wash away all the hard-work and dedication of a manager in football. This is the brutal reality of football where there is a sword always hanging above the heads of managers.
In this article, we take a look at 3 managers who have been sacked by their nations in the ongoing AFCON 2023:
1. Jean-Louis Gasset (Ivory Coast)
Following Ivory Coast’s embarrassing loss at the hands of Equatorial Guinea 0-4, the writing was on the wall for Jean-Louis Gasset. The Head Coach of Ivory Coast had previously lost against Nigeria 0-1 and had won versus Guinea-Bissau 2-0.
Ivory Coast have now defeated defending champions Senegal in the Round of 16 via penalties. They won the penalties 5-4 after the scoreline at the end of regulation time read 1-1.
2. Chris Hughton (Ghana)
Ghana football team have parted ways with their coach, Chris Hughton. Ghana started their AFCON 2023 campaign with a 1-2 loss at the hands of Cape Verde and followed it up with a 2-2 draw against Egypt.
This disappointing string of performances and the lack of a win didn’t help Ghana as they failed to qualify for the knockout stages. Chris Hughton faced the axe following these performances.
3. Adel Amrouche (Tanzania)
After the apex body of football in Africa, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) banned Tanzania coach Adel Amrouche for 8 games and a heavy fine, the Tanzania football team decided to axe Amrouche after just 1 match had elapsed in their AFCON 2023 campaign.
Amrouche was slapped with a ban by CAF after his controversial remarks on the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF). The 55-year-old Algerian football manager has previously managed Kenya, Botswana, Yemen and Libya among several other teams.