Africa: Totalenergies AFCON Records – El Gohary and Keshi, A Feat for Two

In the history of the Africa Cup of Nations, only two men won the title as player and coach.

Egyptian Mahmoud El Gohary won the second edition of the tournament in 1959 as a player, and he later guided the Pharaohs to their fourth title in 1998. While Nigeria’s Stephen Keshi was the Super Eagles captain when they won their second title in 1994, before steering them to their third glory as coach in 2013.

El Gohary – Top scorer, winning coach

Mahmoud El Gohary opened the second AFCON edition goals in 1959. At his favourite grounds, Cairo Stadium, the Al Ahly forward scored a hat-trick when Egypt defeated Ethiopia 4-0 in the 1959 opening game, to start their way to a successive, which was secured thanks to a 2-1 win over Sudan. El Gohary’s three goals were enough to see him finish as the tournament’s top scorer.

Almost four decades later, 39 years to be precise, he guided the Pharaohs to their then fourth AFCON title in Burkina Faso 1998. Under El Gohary, Egypt defeated South Africa 2-0 in the final to lift the trophy with the likes of Hossam Hassan, Ahmed Hassan, Hazem Emam among others.

El Gohary had a brilliant coaching career that saw him winning CAF Champions League titles with Cairo rivals, Al Ahly (1982) and Zamalek (1993). He led Egypt to their second FIFA World Cup appearance in Italy 1990, and had spells with Oman and Jordan national teams, besides clubs in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE. The iconic figure passed away in August 2012, aged 74.