Somalia sack coach after less than three weeks


The Somali Football Federation (SFF) have sacked its Belgo-Moroccan coach Abdellatif Salef after less than three weeks in charge of the team.

He was sacked a few hours after the Ocean Stars lost 1-0 to Djibouti in an international friendly.

In a statement, the SFF said it felt that the coach is ‘undisciplined’ and doesn’t possess the professionalism that a national team coach should have.

“He continuously used abusive words against the players, he maltreated them since taking charge of the team and he doesn’t have good behaviour. The players were unhappy with his training sessions, as his skills and experience are not those of national team standards, while he didn’t even come up with a training plan.”

Salef was appointed last month to handle the senior national team. He was expected to lead the team in the preliminary round of the 2021 Fifa Arab Cup where Somalia will face Oman next week.

The winners of the tie will progress to play in the Arab Cup which will be held in Qatar in November and December this year.

Somalia were eliminated in the 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers, but their U23 team will have the chance to feature in the regional U23 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup set to take place next month in Ethiopia.

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By FARPost reporter

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