Senegal coach resigns after Angola defeat

January 28, 2008

ACCRA, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Senegal's Polish coach Henri Kasperczak has resigned just hours after his team's surprise 3-1 defeat by Angola in the African Nations Cup, state television reported on Sunday.

The result leaves Senegal facing elimination from the continental tournament regardless of the result of their final Group D match against South Africa on Thursday.

Angola and Tunisia, both on four points, only need to draw their game to advance.

The state broadcaster said that Kasperczak would be replaced by his assistant, Lamine Ndiaye.

Boasting a string of players in European sides, Senegal were regarded as favourites to advance from their group but have only one point after drawing with Tunisia in their opening game.

South Africa, which will host the 2010 World Cup finals, are also languishing on one point.

In the Senegalese capital Dakar, students angry over their team's defeat briefly blocked a main road with burning refuse but the fire brigade and police quickly intervened and no injuries were reported.