Moza coach quits after hammering
Maputo – Mozambique men’s senior national soccer team coach, Gert Engels, has thrown in the towel after the Mambas suffered a humiliating defeat to Guinea in a crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier in Conakry.
Guinea thrashed Mozambique 6-1, and Angels flew straight from Conakry to Germany rather than return to Maputo and face certain termination.
“We didn’t play very well and the first twenty minutes were very bad for us.
“This was my last game as the national team coach,” Engels told Radio Mozambique.
Mozambique played badly from the start, conceding an early penalty. Though this was saved, the depleted backline went on to leak six goals.
The Mambas have only managed to secure two points – from two home draws against Zimbabwe and Guinea – out of a possible 12 points and they will not make it to Brazil 2014.
Guinea's emphatic win delayed the qualification of Group G leaders Egypt to the final phase of qualifiers, as they are currently second with seven points, five behind the Pharaohs, with two matches remaining.
Egypt trounced Zimbabwe 4-2 in Harare and need just one point when they face Mozambique to make it through to the next round with a game to spare.
Zimbabwe prop up the group and are also out of the running.
Ten group winners will advance to two-legged playoffs that will determine Africa's five representatives at next year's World Cup finals in Brazil.