Saudi Arabia FA president leads departures after early 2014 World Cup qualifying exit

Saudi Arabian football seems to be in crisis in wake of their failed World Cup qualification campaign, with star striker Yasser Al Qahtani also pondering retirement
Saudi Arabia Football Association president Prince Nawaf Bin Faisal has confirmed he has resigned from his post following the national team's early exit from 2014 World Cup qualifying.

The Green Falcons, who reached four consecutive World Cups from 1994 to 2006, bowed out in the third round of qualifying after a 4-2 loss to Australia on Wednesday.

Shortly after the defeat, Bin Faisal announced he would resign as president, while all members of the Board of Directors would also be removed.

Bin Faisal had only spent 18 months in the role, with the next elections to be held in June.

The fallout for Saudi Arabia has continued with star striker Yasser Al Qahtani pondering his international future after the defeat.

Speaking to reporters, 29-year-old Al Qahtani said: "I am shocked by the loss ... And I think will retire internationally."

Coach Frank Rijkaard isn't safe in his role, and he stated after the game: "If I continue working there I'll work really hard.”

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