Cote d’Ivoire’s Coach Sabri Lamouchi Resigns After World Cup Exit

Cote d’Ivoire’s Coach Sabri Lamouchi Resigns After World Cup Exit

By Goal on June 26, 2014

The 42-year-old Frenchman has revealed that he will leave the African outfit after they bowed out of Brazil with a 2-1 defeat to Greece

Sabri Lamouchi has revealed that he will not extend his contract as Cote d’Ivoire coach following their disappointing results at the 2014 World Cup.

The African side were beaten 2-1 by Greece on Tuesday to see their tournament come to a premature end and Lamouchi has consequently decided to leave his post.

Cote d’Ivoire had started the tournament with a 2-1 win over Japan, but a 2-1 defeat versus Colombia on matchday two meant they needed at least a draw against Greece in their last group stage game.

However, a Georgios Samaras penalty well into stoppage time denied Lamouchi’s men, prompting the 42-year-old to say farewell to Cote d’Ivoire.

“My story with Cote d’Ivoire will stop here. It was a great honour to represent this great football country. The Greeks deserved their win, but we would have had an achievement if the match had stopped a minute earlier,” a frustrated Lamouchi said at the post-match press conference.

“It’s a lot of disappointment and frustration for me. The squad has made huge sacrifices and huge efforts. I’m very sad for them and for the Ivorian players individually.

“I have a future, I have a career ahead of me, I’m sure I’ll have a result, but I wish this match had ended in another way.”

Lamouchi had been in charge of Cote d’Ivoire since 2012.

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