m_Amrouche – Inferiority complex killing African Football

Adel Amrouche coach of Kenya talking to his player Paul Were of Kenya

Kenya’s head coach Adel Amrouche has said an inferiority complex is one of the aspects killing football on the African continent.

The coach told MTNFootball.com last night during an interview at the Hill Tank Hotel in Nairobi that Africans must change their ideology over the inferiority complex or lag behind.

Amrouche referred to Football Federations in Africa who go ahead and ignore qualified African coaches, preferring to appoint un-tested coaches from Europe because they think of them as superior.

“African coaches have also achieved the highest levels of coaching, but why can’t their own top officials promote them by giving them these jobs?” wondered Amrouche.

He reasoned that the African coaches understand their players better than coaches brought from other continents.

“Look at how well Stephen Keshi has done with the Super Eagles of Nigeria. He won the AFCON with them and now has qualified them for the World Cup, but they have not paid him for seven months now,” said Amrouche.

He called upon football leaders in Africa to stop being selfish and instead think towards uplifting the sport. He said Africa has abundant talent, but needs to be more organised in several aspects, including discipline for players and officials.

Speaking about the on-going CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup where his team drew 0-0 with Ethiopia and beat South Sudan 3-1 in their two group games before facing Zanzibar, the coach said he expects his boys to improve.

“I think we are still not playing to our best, but hopefully we can play better and reach the later stages of the tournament. Of course I would be happy if we won the trophy, but we need to work hard to be able to achieve that,” added the former Burundi coach.