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Mozambique sacks coach

By Ben Efe
Mozambique coach  Mart Nooij has lost his job after the Black Mamba’s were roasted 3-0 in their group C winner takes it all Nations Cup on Wednesday. Mozambique Football Federation president Feizal Sidat disclosed in Lubango, Angola that the contract of the Dutch-bor coach will not be renewed when it expires on January 30.

“We aren’t going to renew our contract with him. He has already worked with the Mambas for two_and_a_half years,” Sidat told Radio Mozambique.

“We are going to remodel our coaching team. The results haven’t corresponded to the expectations.”
Nooij coached Mozambique to its first Nations Cup qualification in 12 years. But the team also had disappointing results in several key matches. Nooij is one of the names being bandied to take over if eventually coach Shuaibu Amodu is sacked by the Nigeria Football Federation.

Also team captain Manuel “Tico Tico” Bucuane has retired after the Eagles’ defeat.
Tico Tico, a striker who has played for the Mambas for almost two decades, said the Nigeria game was his last before retirement.

“My exit didn’t happen how I imagined it. I would have liked to say good_bye with a qualification for the quarter_finals,” said Bucuane, quoted in an article on the Radio Mozambique web site.
“But football is like that,” he said. “When we commit errors, as we did, we can’t win.”


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