Amrouche

Kenya and Mauritania have axed their coaches following their inability to reach the final round of the qualifying rounds of the Orange Africa Cup of Nations – Morocco 2015.

Algeria-born Adel Amrouche’s tenure as Kenya coach saw an abrupt end after the Harambee Stars were held to a barren draw by Lesotho during the weekend’s second round second leg qualifier; a result enough to ensured Lesotho passage into the final round.

Kenyan, which has failed to reach the finals of the showpiece continental football event since 2004 will have to wait for the next edition in 2017.

Amrouche took over the Harambee Stars in February 2013 and his major feat was winning the CECAFA Cup last year on home soil.

Elsewhere, Mauritania were beaten 1-0 by Uganda in Nouakchott, allowing the Cranes passage 3-0 on aggregate.

Following a meeting of the Executive Committee of the Mauritania Football Federation (FFRIM) on Monday (4 August 2014), it was decided to cut ties with Frenchman Patrice Neveu.

“On the elimination of our national team from the preliminaries of the 30th Africa Cup of Nations ‘Morocco 2015’, we decided from this day to end the functions of the national coach, Patrice Neveu,” a statement from the FFRIM read.

The committee added that it will soon open the application process for the recruitment of a replacement.

Neveu, 60, was appointed Mauritania coach last year and guided the Mourabitounes to the Orange African Nations Championship – South Africa at the expense of Senegal in the qualifiers.