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Somalia Suspends Moroccan Coach Abdellatif Salef

The Somalia Football Federation (SFF) has suspended its Moroccan coach Abdellatif Salef until further notice, according to reports.

The development follows a meeting on Tuesday at which the federation’s executive committee summoned Salef over his team selection in Djibouti City.

Salef’s suspension came just an hour before Somalia played an international friendly match against Djibouti which they lost by a solitary goal.

In a letter seen by our source, the federation says he has been put on “non-active” duties, stopping short of saying he has been sacked.

“Ocean Stars coach Abdellatif Salef has been sent on an indefinite leave with immediate effect.Somalia Football Federation Executive Committee will give more details on the matter to the public in due course.”

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.

He came in as Bashir Hayford’s replacement following the Ghanaian resignation due to instability in the horn of Africa country.

Somalia is among the countries confirmed for the 2021 CECAFA U-23 Challenge Cup in Ethiopia come July and Salef was expected handle the side in his other assignment with the Horn of Africa nation.

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