Sunday Aug 18, 2019. 14:30
Half of the coaching field at the recent Africa Cup of Nations have now left their job, just on a month after the conclusion of the tournament in Egypt, with Angola’s Srdjan Vasiljevic the latest to leave.
His departure from his job was announced at the start of the weekend after he and the Angolan Football Association agreed to end their relationship.
It comes as Angola seek a fresh start and with just four months left on the Serbian’s contract.
Thee had already been a difference of opinion over whether to use the under-23 team in the recent CHAN-2020 qualifier against Swaziland, which Angola lost on post-match penalties.
Vasiljevic contract was due to expire in January but with Angola looking to start upcoming World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying under a new regime, an end to the relationship came sooner rather than later.
Angola play the Gambia over two legs next month at the start of the 2022 World Cup preliminaries and in November begin their bid for a place at the next Cup of Nations with group games against either the winner of the preliminary round tie between Djibouti or Gambia and then Gabon in November.
Vasiljevic, 46, was unknown to African football when Angola named him coach in December 20127 but he qualified Angola for their first Cup of Nations finals since 2013.
At the tournament in Egypt in June, they were eliminated at the first stage, drawing with Tunisia and Mauritania and then losing 1-0 to Mali. He is the 12th coach from the recent Cup of Nations to move on, following Clarence Seedorf (Cameroon), Florent Ibenge (DR Congo), Javier Aguirre (Egypt), Paul Put (Guinea), Sebastien Migne (Kenya), Herve Renard (Morocco), Ricardo Mannetti (Namibia), Stuart Baxter (South Africa), Emanuel Amunike (Tanzania), Sebastien Desabre (Uganda) and Sunday Chidzambwa of Zimbabwe in either quitting, coming to the end of their contracts or being fired.