Guinea Sack coach Paul Put

The Guinea Football Federation have parted company with Belgian tactician Paul Put. This comes 16 months after the former Gambia, Burkina and Kenya coach was made head coach of the Sily National of Guinea.

The decision to Sack the 63 -year-old coach was made public this Monday evening thus rendering him Jobless.

This comes barely a week after the president of the Guinean Football Federation Mamadou Antonio Souare in an interview with ‘Afrique Panorama’ blamed the Belgian coach for Guinea’s 2019 AFCON defeat against Algeria in the 8th final. The FA boss in his outing then accused the coach of inciting players to make excess financial demands for participating in the AFCON.

Mr Mamadou in the interview went ahead to say they had told coach Put to take his responsibility, to decide his future given that the results at the AFCON were unsatisfactory, else the Federation will decide for the coach. As if to say he should resign or be sacked.

Today’s statement from the Guinean Football Federation read thus: “Because the results till now are unsatisfactory,we have decided to terminate the contract today”

Paul Put’s best exploits on the Continent came in 2013 when he took the Burkina Faso national team to the AFCON final with hopes to land the nation’s first title but unfortunately met a good Nigerian side led by late Stephen Keshi. The team of unknown Nigerian players then was fully in the mood to be crowned African champions and made available just the silver medal for put and his Burkinabe team.

Put has not gone alone as the federation have also decided to render his entire backroom staff Jobless.

In a related development, the federation boss also announced in the same press conference that, the five persons who were directly related to the issue of forging the passport of two Guinea Under 17 players so as to have them in the Guinea Under 17 team at the 2019 Under 17 AFCON in Tanzania have been suspended following CAF’s decision to punish the Guinea FA.

Amongst the 5 persons suspended (all members of the non playing staff) the Under 17 coach Mohamed Maleah Camara is the most high profile staff involved.

The decision to suspend these 5 persons will be implemented while the Guinean Football Federation continue to wait for Court of Arbitration for Sports’ decision about their appeal against CAF’s decision to suspend the Guinea team from the upcoming World Cup and the next two Under 17 AFCON tournaments.

Angu Lesley

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