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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 April 2006, 13:13 GMT 14:13 UK
Schnittger snubs Algeria
German coach Peter Schnittger
Schnittger, 65, says he is too old for the Algeria job

Algeria has been thwarted in its attempts to lure veteran German coach Peter Schnittger to coach its national team.

Youth and Sports Minister Yahia Guidoum said on Thursday that an agreement had been reached with Schnittger about taking the post, which has been vacant since Meziane Ighil stepped down last September.

Yet the 65-year-old Schnittger, who has vast coaching experience in Africa, effectively snubbed the offer on account of his age.

"I am too old to handle such a post," Schnittger told a local radio station in Algiers on Saturday.

"I do not think that I can work in such standards anymore."

However, the German revealed that he might assist Algerian football in another capacity.

"We discussed possible plans for me to help in developing the junior teams of the country and the standards of the local coaches," he said.

Schnittger first started coaching in Africa in 1968 and has had spells in charge of Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Senegal.

Frenchman Philippe Troussier, who recently converted to Islam, has been tipped to take the post ahead of his compatriots Guy Stephan, Alain Perrin and Raynald Denoueix.



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