DR Congo coach Robert Nouzaret resigns

The DR Congo national team coach Robert Nouzaret has resigned following a difference in opinion with the football federation over the Frenchman’s assistants

Frenchman Robert Nouzaret stood down as DR Congo coach on Tuesday, three days before the Leopards’ vital encounter against Senegal in the fifth round of the 2012 African Cup of Nations qualifying.

The 67-year-old former Cote D’Ivoire coach said he could no longer “stomach frustrations from the DR Congo Football Federation (Fecofa).”

“I don’t know what the Fecofa are accusing me of. I realised that after our August 10 3-0 loss to Gambia in a friendly, they suppressed the posts of my assistants,” Nouzaret told Congolese Radio Opkai on Tuesday. “There were also a number of issues with players and all my recommendations have not been taken into account.

“There was no way I could work in these conditions. It was better for me to quit and let the officials have their way,” he said.

Nouzaret was hired in 2010 to qualify the Leopards for the 2012 African Cup of Nations, after they last appeared at the 2006 edition.

DR Congo are placed second in Group E of the qualifiers and will play against leaders Senegal on Saturday in the penultimate round.