Football

Somalia FA sacks abusive national team head coach after only three weeks

"He continuously used abusive words against the players, he maltreated them since taking charge of the team and he doesn’t have good behaviour”

Sinan RAJUB SENOGA 

Somalia Football Federation has sacked Belgian coach Abdellatif Salef three weeks after appointing him as their national team coach.

Abdellatif Salef who is a Belgium national of Morocco origin, was appointed as Somalia’s head coach on a two year contract on May 26th but was shown the exit door hours before the team’s friendly game against Djibouti on Tuesday.

In an official statement, the Somali Football Federation said Salef was relieved of his duties because he was incompetent and lacked the professionalism a national team 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”

Reads part of the statement from Somali Football Federation.

“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 supposed to take charge of the Somali U-20, U-23 and the senior national team The Ocean Stars.

His immediate assignment was to guide the Horn of Africa nation in the preliminary match of the FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 against Oman on June 20th.

He was also supposed to be in the dug of of the Somalia team in the 2021 CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup slated for July 3rd to 18th in Ethiopia.

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