Congo fire coach after Wcup de­feat

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

BRAZZAVILLE: Congo have fired coach Pierre Lechantre, mak­ing him the fourth coach­ing ca­su­alty since last month’s kick-off of the group stages of Africa’s World Cup qual­i­fiers. Congo’s 1-0 loss at Uganda on Satur­day fol­lowed a home de­feat to Egypt in Oc­to­ber and left the coun­try bot­tom of Group E with­out any points. Congo also failed to qual­ify for Jan­uary’s African Na­tions Cup fi­nals in Gabon. The de­ci­sion was an­nounced after the French­man met Congo Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion of­fi­cials on Tues­day. He had been in the job for al­most one year in which time Congo won just once in seven out­ings. The 66-year-old’s de­par­ture fol­lows the fir­ing of coaches in Al­ge­ria, Gabon, Libya after Oc­to­ber’s open­ing se­ries of group games. South Africa sus­pended coach Ephraim Mashaba on Sun­day de­spite the week­end win over Sene­gal for al­legedly in­sult­ing top foot­ball as­so­ci­a­tion of­fi­cials and he will face a dis­ci­plinary hear­ing this week. If he is fired it will mean 25 per­cent of the coaches who started the group phase will have lost their jobs in less than 60 days. Lechantre won the African Na­tions Cup with Cameroon in 2000 and has also been na­tional coach of Qatar and Mali.

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