2019 AFCON: Two coaches fall casualties after exit

Author: Samuel Amoesi
Coach Sebastien Desabre

Two coaches, Javier Aguirre and Sebastien Desabre have fallen casualties after they both lost their jobs following their exit from the ongoing 2019 Africa Cup of Nation (AFCON) in Egypt.

Tournament host and favourite, Egypt, sacked their coach, Javier Aguirre, just after he failed to qualify the Pharoahs to the quarter finals stage of the competition following their 0-1 loss to South Africa on Saturday.

The Mexican trainer blamed himself after the Bafana Bafana side caused the entire Egyptian nation heartbreak when they were expected to replicate their ‘host and win’ mantra in 2006.

“I’m responsible for all the selections and the end results, but I’m still proud of this group of players,” the Mexican coach said during the post-match press conference before being fired by the Egyptian Football Association (EFA).

Unlike Aguirre, Ugandan coach, Sebastien Desabre, resigned as the coach of Uganda on Sunday morning after the Cranes crashed out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Coach Dasabre led a Uganda side who lost 0-1 to the Terenga Lions of Senegal and threw  away an opportunity to qualify for the quarter-finals.

His resignation would come as a surprise to most people as Coach Dasabre led the Cranes to their best showing at the tournament since 1978 and quits the job five months to the expiration of his contract after he was signed in December 2017.

It is, however, expected that before the tournament end more coaches would have fallen casualty to dismissal for failing to win the competition.