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Last Updated: Monday, 28 February, 2005, 14:20 GMT
Mauritius coach quits
Yasine Mohabuth
BBC Sport, Port-Louis

Elvis Antoine
Antoine plans to go to Canada
Mauritius are looking for a new coach following the resignation of Elvis Antoine on Monday.

Antoine decided to quit in the wake of his team's failure to progress beyond the first phase of this year's Cosafa Cup.

Mauritius lost 1-0 to South Africa in Sunday's final of the first mini-league of southern Africa's annual championship.

He told BBC Sport that he plans to emigrate to Canada with his family.

"It's always difficult to settle abroad but we have to do it for the sake of our children's education."

The 39-year-old Antoine was named coach along with Rajesh Gunesh in December 2003.

He will be remembered for engineering the historic 2-0 victory over South Africa in last year's Cosafa Cup.

"I brought my knowledge to the national squad and it has been a positive experience."

Following Sunday's narrow defeat to Bafana Bafana, Antoine criticised the new format of the Cosafa Cup.

"Cosafa must change the format as playing two important games in two days is just unacceptable," he said.

"Players have no time to recover, so how can we play good football when two teams are playing on crutches?"

Antoine's resignation leaves Gunesh in sole charge but Mauritius have no immediate assignments.


SEE ALSO
South Africa triumph
27 Feb 05 |  African
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Cosafa Cup format changed
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