Congo drop coach just weeks before Afcon qualifiers

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The Congo Football Federation have decided against offering an extension to head coach Valdo Filho just weeks before vital Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The former Brazil international’s contract was coming to an end on 18 March.

Congo host Senegal on 26 March in their penultimate qualifier and then finish the campaign away at Guinea Bisaau four days later.

The federation confirmed on Thursday that it had appointed Barthelemy Ngatsono as coach for the two games.

Congo are well placed to qualify for next year’s Cup of Nations finals, sitting second in Group I with seven points from their first four matches, five less than already qualified Senegal but four more than Guinea Bissau, who are in third place.

The central African nation were most recently at the Cup of Nations finals in 2015, when they reached the quarter-finals but failed to qualify for the last two editions.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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