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Giresse quits as coach of Gabon

Frenchman Alain Giresse
Frenchman Alain Giresse has quit as coach of Gabon
Former France international Alain Giresse has quit as coach of Gabon over security fears in the wake of his side's 2-0 loss to visiting Cameroon.

The defeat means Gabon were knocked out of the African Nations Championship qualifying campaign 3-2 on aggregate.

"I've decided to quit, to stop working in Gabon," Giresse, who was named Gabon coach in March 2006, told the AFP news agency.

"After Saturday's defeat to Cameroon, I experienced the anger of the public. I don't feel safe.

"We've been threatened. Police had to ensure our exit from the stadium and I was the first one targeted."

Giresse, who played alongside Michel Platini and Jean Tigana when France won the 1984 European Championship title, described the after-match situation as having been "violent and hateful".

Gabon's loss means they will not play in the first African Nations Championship in Ivory Coast next year.

see also
Gabon appoint Giresse as coach
04 Mar 06 |  African
Giresse rejects DR Congo
03 Nov 03 |  African

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