Nambia and Tanzania have added to the recent trend of African national teams who have experienced coaching changes. Malawi and Mozambique both fired coaches after disappointing starts in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.
Malawi sacked Young Chimodzi and Mozambique released Joao Chissano from his position.
Namibia coach Ricardo Mannetti decided to resign from his post this week, following a fantastic title victory at the COSAFA Cup. Mannetti has asked to return to his previous position in charge of the youth structures in the country.
“We are shocked and extremely disappointed to inform the general football-loving public through you the media that coach Mannetti has relinquished his duties as Brave Warriors head coach with immediate effect,” NFA secretary-general Barry Rukoro told the media, according to SuperSport.
“It’s an open secret that Mannetti’s contract was coming to an end after the Cosafa Cup and the association dully acted swiftly by offering him a new improved contract, which he declined.”
In yet another coaching change, Tanzania fired Dutch coach Mart Nooij after six consecutive losses, including Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat to Uganda in a 2016 African Nations Championship (CHAN) qualifier.
The Tanzanian Football Federation released a statement explaining that a new coach for the Taifa Stars national team would be named in due course.