Former Cameroon, Ivory Coast coach Henri Michel passes away

Former Cameroon, Ivory Coast coach Henri Michel passes away

Former France international and coach Henri Michel died on Tuesday at the age of 70, six years after wrapping up his career with a stint in Kenya.

Across a period of 30 years, the former defensive midfielder managed a total of 19 teams, 12 of them in Africa, which included clubs and national sides.

After a brief spell at PSG in France, Michel was hired by Cameroon in 1994, spending only one year at the helm of the Indomitable Lions before joining Morocco national team in a five- year deal, between 1995 and 2000, during which they qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.

He left for Tunisia, coaching the national team from 2001 to 2002, before returning to Morocco to manage club side Raja Casablanca.

On March 2004, he was named Ivory Coast coach and tasked with qualifying the team to the 2006 FIFA World Cup and winning the Africa Cup of Nations holding in Egypt that same year.

He achieved the first objective by qualifying the Elephants to their first Mundial at Germany 2006, but narrowly missed the second, finishing as finalist of the 2006 AFCON, won by host Egypt on penalties.

Morocco called him back in 2007, spending one more year in the Kingdom before moving to South Africa to manage Mamelodi Sundowns and then Zamalek in Egypt a year after.

He was the head coach of Equatorial Guinea between 2010 and 2011, and then Kenya in 2012, his last job as a coach.

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