Mozambique’s Nooij Is Tournament’s First Coaching Casualty
Mozambique’s Dutch coach Mart Nooij will not have his contract renewed at the end of the month by the country’s football federation…for not taking the 100-1 rank outsiders to the African Nations Cup final.
Many regarded the Mambas’ qualification for their first finals since 1998 as a considerable achievement.
But Mozambique football federation chief Fezal Sidat saw things differently. He told Associated Press: “There is no point in renewing with Mart Nooij, who could not fulfil his goal of taking the team to the final.”
The 55-year-old Nooij became Mozambique coach in February 2007 and lifted the Mambas from 131st in Fifa’s world rankings to 72nd by December 2009.
Nigerian central defender Joseph Yobo fears his tournament may be over after picking up a hamstring injury during the Super Eagles’ 1-0 win over Benin on Saturday.
Yobo, who plays for EPL side Everton, underwent a scan on the injury earlier this week but said: “It doesn’t look good to be honest. I doubt whether I can play again during this Africa Cup.”
If Egypt captain Ahmed Hassan does play again, he will break his country’s record for international caps.
He picked up his 169th such honour against Benin yesterday and is set to break the record when the Pharaohs play their quarter-final match on Monday.
He stressed, however, that “winning the African Cup of Nations is the most important objective.”
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