Algeria Coach Resigns after AFCON Exit

Algeria Leekens

Algeria coach Georges Leekens has resigned after his side was bundled out of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, Gabon 2017.

Leekens team were tagged favourites but failed to live up to the billing as they crashed out after 2-2 draw against Senegal in their ultimate Group B match on Monday in Franceville.

‘Les Fennecs’ as they are nicknamed, managed only two draws finishing on two points, five shy of Senegal and four poorer than Tunisia.

“For the good of all I decided to quit even though I do it with heart ache, and I wish all the success in the world to the national side,” the Belgian said in a statement on the Algerian Football Federation website.

“But given the pressure on the federation and the national team, I preferred to end my contract out of friendship for the president of the FAF (Algerian Football Federation) who deserves respect,” he said in the statement.

Meanwhile, the Algeria Football Federation also confirmed the resignation through a statement.

“In the aftermath of the early elimination of the national team in the first round of 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, Georges Leekens resigned from his position as national coach.

“After his resignation, Mr. Leekens thanked all members of the technical, medical and administrative staff for their collaboration. Mr Leekens wishes the members of his staff a lot of success for the rest of their careers,”

The 67-year old Belgian took over the reins of ‘Les Fennecs’ last October, replacing Serbian Milovan Rajevac, who also resigned after a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cameroon in Blida.

 

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