The Mozambique Football Federation (FMF) have confirmed the sacking of the national team’s coach Luís Gonçalves after they failed to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) to be staged in Cameroon.
Gonçalves is the latest casualty of the failed 2021 Afcon qualifying race.
FMF terminated the contract of Gonçalves and his backroom staff of Tiago Capaz, Joao Pereira, Nasser Carimo, Florencio Tembe and Manuel Valói.
The Portuguese coach spent over a year-and-a-half at the helm of the Mambas after replacing compatriot Abel Xavier.
Mozambique finished at the bottom of Group F with four points.
Gonçalves said he is surprised by Mozambique FA’s decision to show him the exit door. “I wasn’t expecting it,” he said.
“I believe in the project in which I launched several young people, such as Geny Catamo, Kamo-Kamo, and Maestro, among others, in the face of many adversities, such as the fact that Mozambique is stopped, and that, in this double journey, I could not count on several players, due to the law of confinement.
“I had a wide area of intervention, such as the responsibility for the development of Mozambican football. I leave with a clear conscience and it was an honour to have represented the team of the country where I was born,” added Gonçalves.
FMF president, Feizal Sidat, was quoted saying “at this moment there are still no names in the pipeline to replace Luís Gonçalves”.
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By FARPost Reporter