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3 African Football Legends Who Are Currently Assistant Coaches At European Clubs

It is hard for Black and African footballers to achieve individual success in Europe. But it is even harder for them to transition into coaching and work with European clubs. Here are three African football legends who are trying to pave the way for younger generations in coaching:

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1. Kolo Toure - Leicester City (England)

Toure had an illustrious career working under numerous top managers during his playing career. The 40-year-old former defender played for ASEC Mimosas, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, Celtic, and the Ivory Coast national team for 18 years before retiring in 2017.

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He also won ten trophies under Arsene Wenger, Roberto Mancini, Brendan Rodgers, and Herve Renard. Toure is currently part of Rodgers' coaching team at Leicester, after working with the Irishman while at Celtic. Toure and Rodgers have won six trophies together at Celtic and Leicester City.

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2. Michael Essien - FC Nordsjaelland (Denmark)

Essien, 38, was best known for his time at Chelsea. He also played for other clubs like Bastia, Lyon, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Panathinaikos, Persib Bandung, and Sabail. The 2006 BBC African Footballer of the Year winner won 13 trophies with Lyon and Chelsea in his twenty-year-long career before retiring in 2020.

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He won trophies under Paul Le Guen, Jose Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, Carlo Ancelotti, and Roberto Di Matteo. The Ghanaian former defensive midfielder started training with Danish side FC Nordsjaelland in August 2020, then became the assistant manager a month later.

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3. Yaya Toure - Akhmat Grozny (Russia)

Yaya Toure won 18 trophies, four African Footballer of the Year, and two BBC African Footballer of the Year awards in his 19-year-long career. He played for eight clubs including, Beveren, Metalurh Donetsk, Olympiacos, Monaco, Barcelona, Manchester City, Olympiacos, and Qingdao Huanghai.

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Toure won his trophies under Trond Sollied, Pep Guardiola, Roberto Mancini, Manuel Pellegrini, Juanma Lillo, and Herve Renard. The 38-year-old Ivorian former midfielder first joined Ukrainian club Olimpik Donetsk as assistant manager in February 2021, then joined Russian side Akhmat Grozny in June.

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