Family connection at just-ended 2021 AFCON

Published on: 07 February 2022

Through Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) history and to the current edition in Cameroun 2021, there had been a lot of “blood ties” in the participating teams.

National teams have some players who, in addition to wearing the same shirt, are united by blood ties.

Ghana has accustomed African football observers to selecting the Ayew brothers, André and his younger brother Jordan, together since 2012 AFCON. They are the sons of Abedi Pele, who won the 1982 title and lost 1992 final with the Black Stars.

This is the case of the Comoros, who played their first-ever AFCON finals. They had brothers Mohamed and Youssouf M'changama who were born in Marseille, France.

Mohamed M'changama was recalled to the Coelacanthes in March 2021. He had the honor of experiencing the historic qualification of the Comoros for the 2021 AFCON.

There, he reunited with his brother Youssouf, who had a straighter trajectory going from the amateur division in France to becoming a recognized player in the French Ligue 2 with EN Guingamp.

In addition to M'changama brothers, Comoros had the Abdallahs, an uncle and his nephew.

At 34, Kassim Abdallah, who played in Marseille (France) will train his nephew Abdallah Ali Mohamed (22).

Gomis’ split loyalty

In Senegal and Guinea Bissau, there was the elder, Alfred Gomis, and his younger brother, Maurice respectively defending two different camps.

Alongside Alfred Gomis who took over in 2019 from Lys Gomis who played for Senegal at 2015 AFCON and was selected for the 2021 edition, the youngest Maurice chose to join the Djurtus from Guinea Bissau, the country of birth of their mother.

Senegal has known in the recent history of its football, brothers evolving in selection at the same time with Lamine and Ricardo Sané who played matches together.

But these two have never taken part in AFCON finals together, with Lamine Sané playing in Africa Cup of Nations in 2012 and 2015.

Burkina Faso also had the brothers Alain and Bertrand Traoré from 2012 AFCON.

They were together in 2017 and 2019, but the only representative in Cameroun is Bertrand. Elder brother Alain Traoré has recently joined Arta Solar in Djibouti after leaving RS Berkane (Morocco).

Father-and-son affair

Moreover, the current Burkinabe team has coach Kamou Malo and his son Patrick Malo as a player.

In 2015, when the Elephants were crowned, the French coach Hervé Renard was able to count on the Touré brothers; Kolo who was playing at the time in Liverpool, and his younger brother Yaya, who was in the heyday of Manchester City, always in the Premier League.

Record seven-time champions Egypt had blood brothers with Hassan twins, Hossam and Ibrahim who played together at the AFCON in 1988, 1992, and 2000.

In 1959 and 1962, there were the Selim brothers Saleh and Tarek Selim among the Pharaohs.

Ikramy family was also there, the father Ikramy who played the editions of 1974, 1976, 1980, and 1984, and the son Sherif who was there in Gabon 2017 where Mohamed Salah teammates lost to Cameroun in the final.