Algeria Coach Quits After AFCON Exit

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Algeria’s George Leekens became the first coaching casualty of the African Nations Cup, leaving on Tuesday after his team was wiped out under three months after taking the job

“Given the pressure exerted on the federation and the national team, I prefer to stop my contract. For the good of all, I prefer to leave even if I do it with a sore heart while wishing all the success in the world to the national team,” Reuters quoted the Belgian coach as saying in a statement on the Algerian Football Federation website (www.faf.dz).

Algeria failed to win a game in Group A, finishing with a 2-2 draw against Senegal in Franceville on Monday for only a second point from three matches.

The team had been among the pre-tournament favourites but was organised in its opening game by outsiders Zimbabwe and lost to neighbours Tunisia.

It was the second spell in charge of the Algerian team for the 67-year-old who has also coached the national sides of Belgium and Tunisia.

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