Rabat – A football tournament in tribute to French manager Henri Michel is planned for June 29 in Nantes, with the participation of former Moroccan professional footballers Noureddine Naybet, Abdeslam Ouaddou, Tarik Sektioui, and Youssef Hadji.
Other retired French-born Ivorian professional footballers will also take part in the tournament. The names include Kader Keita, Emerse Fae, Aruna Dindane, Bonaventure Kalou, and Baky Kone.
Organized by ‘A la Nantaise’ associations and ‘Club des Internationaux de France,’ the tournament profits will help finance a memorial statue of Henri Michel.
Michel was a French football player and manager. He played as a midfielder for French club FC Nantes and was selected to play with the national football team.
After retiring in 1982, Michel coached France for four years between 1984 and 1988.
He then went on to the African continent to take the command of several national teams, including Cameroon (1994), Tunisia (2001-2002), Ivory coast (2006), Equatorial Guinea (December 2010 – December 2011), and Kenya (August to December 2012).
The French coach also managed the Atlas Lions twice, the first time between 1995 and 2000, and the second in 2007 before being sacked in February 2008 for poor results in the Africa Cup of nations.
Michel subsequently led Morocco’s Raja de Casablanca (RCA) to national and continental triumphs, winning the CAF Champions League in 2003 and the national league in 2004.
Michel died on April 24, 2018, aged 70.