French tactician, Alain Giresse has resigned as coach of Mali on Thursday after the country’s heavy defeat in World Cup qualification last week effectively left them out of contention for a place at next year’s finals in Russia.
Mali were whitewashed 6-0 in Morocco last Friday and hostile Mali supporters voiced their displeasure with Giresse as the team drew 0-0 at home to the same opposition on Tuesday. That kept Mali bottom of Group C on only two points, five behind leaders Ivory Coast with two games to play.
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“He is not in the right frame of mind to continue, plus there are concerns for his security,” said Mali Football Federation president Boubacar Baba Diarra.
The federation will hold a meeting on Thursday to discuss who will take charge of the team ahead of their next qualifier against the Ivory Coast in Bamako on Oct. 6.
It was 64-year-old Giresse’s second spell as coach of Mali, having taken the country to third place in the 2012 African Nations Cup.