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Mauritania fire coach Moizan

By James Copnall
BBC Sport

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Mauritania have failed to build on the promise of last year

Mauritania have sacked their coach Alain Moizan, after their 4-1 home defeat by Morocco over the weekend.

The defeat left the Mourabitounes at the bottom of Group Eight in the combined 2010 World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Mauritanian Football Federation has announced that Moizan will be replaced by Mohamed Salem Ould Harouna, a former coach of the national team.

Moizan's spell in charge of Mauritania was short and very disappointing.

The former France international, who is half Senegalese, was only appointed in February of this year.

He presided over a 3-0 loss away to Rwanda, before the crushing defeat to Morocco.

Moizan had a very short spell in charge of Mali, in 2004.

He was sacked after only three months in the job, after the Eagles made a disastrous start to the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifying campaign.

Mauritania host Ethiopia on Friday in what looks to be their easiest fixture in the group.

There were hopes that Mauritania would build on a promising campaign in the qualifiers for the 2008 Nations Cup, where they finished second in their group.

But Ould Harouna now faces an uphill with the team, who are already six points behind both Morocco and Rwanda, with only the winner of the group certain to progress to the next stage of qualifying.


see also
Mauritania's football dream
19 Oct 07 |  African


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