Friday 19 January 2018

Malian football team coach Alain Giresse steps down

Malian football team coach Alain Giresse steps down
(APA 09/08/17)
Malian football team coach Alain Giresse steps down

Alain Giresse has resigned from his position as coach of Mali's national soccer team the Eagles, APA learned Thursday from the president of the Malian Football Federation General Baba Diarra.

According to the source, “Alain Giresse said he was psychologically weakened and also expressed fears for his own safety.”

However, several sources have said Giresse wanted to step down, after the heavy 6-0 defeat which Morocco inflicted to his team on 1st September, during the third round of 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

His assistants had talked him out of resigning and asked him to wait for the return leg, played Tuesday in Bamako and which ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

The French technician was at the helm of the Eagles (Mali’s soccer team) during the 2012 African Cup of Nations, when they reached the semifinals.

Recruited again by the Malian football authorities in 2015, Giresse failed to meet expectations as the Eagles were eliminated in the group stage in the 2017 AfCON.

With only two matches left before the end of the World Cup qualifiers, Mali with only two points is last in its group, which includes Cote d’Ivoire and Gabon.

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