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Alain Giresse resigned as coach of Mali

By on September 7, 2017

Alain Giresse resigned as coach of Mali on Thursday after the country’s heavy defeat in World Cup qualification last week. The Frenchman’s decision came five days after his team was thumped 6-0 in Morocco, and a day after a goalless draw against the same opponents.

“He is not in the right frame of mind to continue, plus there are concerns for his security,” said Mali Football Federation president Boubacar Baba Diarra.

Mali is bottom of Group C on only two points. Ivory Coast lead the group with seven points, one more than Morocco while Gabon have five.

The Eagles, who have failed to score in their last three qualifiers, have won just once in seven matches this year, when beating the Gabonese 2-1 in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in June.

It was 64-year-old Giresse’s second spell as coach of Mali, having taken the country to third place in the 2012 African Nations Cup.

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