Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Two African nations looking for new coaches

Both Uganda and Cameroon are looking for new national team coaches today.

Yesterday, the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) sacked Egyptian coach Muhammad Abbas. Abbas had coached the team since 2004. This is actually the second time Abbas has been fired. He was let go last year, but the education and sports state minister forced FUFA to change their mind. FUFA say they are looking for a coach from Eastern Europe.

Also yesterday, Portugal's Artur Jorge quit as Cameroon's soccer coach. Jorge had been in charge since November 2004. When he was hired, his goal was to get Cameroon to their fifth straight World Cup. However, a surprise home draw against Egypt in their final qualifying match gave the spot to the Ivory Coast. Cameroon then fell to the Ivory Coast in the quarterfinals of the last month's African Nations Cup.

Jorge's resignation is not overly shocking since his contract was due to end in May.


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