Mali sacked their coach, Mohamed Magassouba, on Saturday after failing to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
He is the second coach to be sacked following the final playoff in Africa, after Nigeria’s Augustine Eguavoen. The Malian federation said the 64-year-old coach, who has been in charge of his country’s national team since 2017, was sacked alongside his staff.
Mali were beaten 1-0 over two legs by Tunisia in their World Cup playoffs , giving away a horror own goal in last Friday’s first leg in Bamako.
It was the closest Mali had come to a first-ever World Cup finals appearance, but Magassouba’s firing was expected after they were also eliminated in the round of 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in January.
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