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Mauritania fires Malian coach of U-20 for poor performance

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Malian coach Baye Bah, who was training Mauritania’s national under-20 football team, was sacked on 3 December by the Mauritanian Football Federation (FFRIM) for “poor results”.

A press release issued by the Federation on Friday said Bah’s contract was due end on 31 December, 2020.

Meanwhile, Cameroonian coach Mauril Njoyan has come in as a replacement. According to the FFRIM, the new coach is familiar with Mauritania after heading local club, FC Nouadhibou, from 2017 to 2019.

Appointed to head of the Mauritanian U-20 team in April 2017, Baye Bah’s sack followed his poor results in the last U-20 CAF Nations Cup qualifying tournament held recently in Thiès, Senegal.

Mauritania, which will host the CAN in this category next year, conceded three defeats in as many games against Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau respectively.

Asked by the Malian national daily, l’Essor, after the announcement of his dismissal, the Malian technician was rather surprised.

“I spent three years in Mauritania and frankly the Mauritanians made it very pleasant for me. I want to thank them,” he said.

Baye Bah was the first Malian coach to win an African Cup with a Malian national team (CAN U17) in Niger in 2015.

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