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Somalia Reveal Why They Sacked Coach Abdellatif Salef

Somalia Football Federation (SFF) have explained why they had to part ways with Moroccan coach Abdellatif Salef.

Salef, who was appointed three weeks ago, was shown the exit door on Tuesday night just few hours before Ocean Stars friendly against Djibouti.

According to statement released by SFF, Salef was sacked after a scathing report chronicling claims of physical, mental and verbal abuse against players was forwarded to the executive committee.

“The coach is “undisciplined” and doesn’t possess the professionalism that a national team coach should have,” reads part of statement.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“He continuously used abusive words against the players, he maltreated them since taking charge of the team and he doesn’t have good behaviour.[/perfectpullquote]

“The players were unhappy with his training sessions, as his skills and experience are not those of national team standards, while he didn’t even come up with a training plan.”

Salef was appointed by Somalia in May and was expected to lead his team in their FIFA Arab Cup Qatar 2021 opener against Oman on June 20th.

SFF is expected to announce a replacement in the coming days as reports coming from Mogadishu indicate that there are certain coaches that executive committee is currently looking at.


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