Football: Congo sack French coach

20th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

BRAZZAVILLE, April 19, 2007 (AFP) - Congo have fired French coach Noel Tosi, the national football federation said Thursday.

BRAZZAVILLE, April 19, 2007 (AFP) - Congo have fired French coach Noel Tosi, the national football federation said Thursday.

Federation secretary general Bakith Youlou accused Tosi of releasing salary details to the media without permission, spending too much time in France, and shunning Congolese members of the national team technical staff.

But some observers here believe Tosi is being punished for barring sports minister Marcel Mbani from addressing Congolese players at half-time during an African Nations Cup qualifier at home to Zambia last month.

Congo could manage only a goalless draw and after a bright start to their six-match campaign trail South Africa by two points at the halfway stage with two away fixtures ahead.

Tosi, a 47-year-old former coach of Mauritania, will be replaced by his predecessor, former national team player Gaston Tchangana, whose first major task will be the return match against Zambia in June.

Congo are ranked 17th in Africa and 79th in the world by governing body FIFA and have enjoyed minimal international success since defeating Mali 3-2 in the 1972 African Nations Cup final in Cameroon.


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