Mali coach yet to be offered a new contract

Mali coach yet to be offered a new contract
Mohamed Magassouba, coach of Mali addresses media during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals MaliPress Conference at the Suez Stadium, Suez, Egypt on 23 June 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Thursday Sep 19, 2019. 10:00

Mali coach Mohamed Magassouba, who took his side to the last eight at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt in June, is facing an uncertain future after the expiry of his contract.

The veteran coach, who has worked across the continent and made his name originally in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been out of contract since July 31 when his deal with the Mali Football Federation ran out.

But he stayed in charge of the national team for the friendly away against Saudi Arabia earlier this month, which ended in a 1-1 draw, as Mali’s football federation held long awaited elections after being placed under the control of a FIFA-appointed normalisation committee.

New Mali Football Federation president Mamoutou Toure has said he will make a decision over the future of Magassouba a priority and the 61-year-old coach has confirmed to reporters that the pair have held dsiscussions.

“It’s true that there have been talks between the president of Femafoot and me, but nothing has been concluded yet, no formal and final decision has been made,” he said.

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