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Mali National soccer coach resigns in a huff


The former France international led Mali to third place at this year’s African Nations Cup finals but said he had rejected a new contract offer which would have taken him through the qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 59 year old  said he was not impressed by the contract that to him appeared like a big joke.He said  he was disturbed after a list he had submitted that included medical staff was rejected by the football authority. In March, Giresse was caught up in a coup in the West African country, holed up for several days in Bamako before being able to depart for France.

He has been coach of the team since May 2010, successfully qualifying for this year’s Nations Cup, where he took them to an unexpected semi-final berth at the tournament co-hosted by Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Giresse previously worked in Africa as coach of Gabon and Moroccan club side Royal Armed Forces.

Mali, who are in the group as Rwanda, open their Group H qualifying campaign with a trip to Benin on June 3 before they host Algeria five days later.

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