Riyad Mahrez and Belmadi win Africa’s best player and coach awards
Foot – The International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) has published its ranking of the best players and coaches in Africa. Riyad Mahrez and Djamel Belmadi are at the top of the table, which we will detail in the following paragraphs.
Invincible for two years, the Algerian football team has recorded a meteoric rise on the continental level. Never cited among the favorites on an international scale, it is starting to be taken seriously by European and South American leaders. A fortiori, after his high performance against Mexico (2 – 2), last year. A rise in power of which Djamel Belmadi and Riyad Mahrez are the main architects.
We must now admit it: since the arrival of Djamel Belmadi, Riyad Mahrez and his partners have conquered the world. On August 2, 2018, the one who is given the nickname of « Minister of happiness » took in hand a workforce in crisis and in a total impasse. Everything changed: a coronation in the African Cup of Nations (CAN) in 2019. Then an impressive series of unbeaten.
That is to say thirty-three consecutive victories to date, not far from the historical record held by Italy. It thus counts thirty-seven matches without the slightest defeat. Conquered, the International Federation of Football History and Statistics has the eyes of Chimene for this invincible African from Belmadi. After having awarded the latter the prize for the fourth best coach in the world, the IFFHS the halo, this time, with a gold palm.
IFFHS ranking: Djamel Belmadi and Riyad Mahrez dominate Africa
A week ago, the aforementioned institute named the national coach fourth best coach in the world of the year 2021, tied with the Brazilian, Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, known as Titus. With fifteen points collected, he finds himself just behind the tactician of the France team, Didier Deschamps (3rd, 25 pts). After this ranking, the IFFHS published its report for the year. This is linked to the performance of African football players.
The general Arabic-speaking daily, Ennahar in this case, took it up in its edition of Monday, December 13, 2021. Drum roll … The gold award for the most successful coach in Africa goes, unsurprisingly, to Djamel Belmadi. A new distinction which therefore adds to the impressive record of the Algerian aged 45 and silences the most skeptics.
But Djamel Belmadi is not the only EN star to seduce the IFFHS: Riyad Mahrez also wins an individual honor. The organization specializing in football statistics named him the best African playmaker. This thanks to his historic performances both in Manchester City and in the national team.
It should also be noted that the ranking of the best attackers in Africa shows the Egyptian Mohamed Salah in first position. Al Ahly coach Pitso Mosimane was honored with the title of best club coach.