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Mauritius sack coach Chundunsing

By Yasine Mohabuth
BBC Sport, Port Louis, Mauritius

Ashok Chundunsing
Ashok Chundunsing was coach of Club M for just one year
Mauritius national coach Ashok Chundunsing has been sacked by the country's football association after the national team's poor run of results.

Chundunsing's record with Club M amounted to just two draws in the 12 matches the team played since he took over as coach in September of last year.

The last two defeats sealed his fate - a 7-0 drubbing by islanders the Seychelles in the Cosafa Cup and a 4-1 hammering by Tanzania in the 2010 World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

However, the president of the Mauritius FA Premlall Jodha told BBC Sport that the decision to part company with their coach was not just based on results alone.

"We are separating from him as we have also taken note that the Confederation of African Football (Caf) fined and suspended Chundunsing for five matches," he said.

We recognise his qualities, perhaps not as a national coach

Mauritius FA President Premlall Jodha
Chundunsing received the suspension in June, for arguing with the referee during a 1-0 defeat at home to Cape Verde.

Jodha also said, however, that despite having to take the decision, Chundunsing has some good coaching qualities.

"When we approached him to take the job he informed us that there were not many players of good calibre in the team and he would need time to build a competitive side," he said.

"We recognise his qualities, perhaps not as a national coach but he can have other responsibilities in the future like a youth development programme."

The Mauritius FA will now look for a caretaker coach ahead of Club M's last qualifying match in Group 1 against Cameroon on 11 October in Yaounde.

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