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Sunday, September 11, 2005
Gabon sack Brazilian coach Jairzinho after defeat

LIBREVILLE, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Gabon's soccer federation have sacked the national team's Brazilian coach Jairzinho - a member of Brazil's 1970 World Cup-winning side - following the team's 3-0 defeat by Angola in a World Cup qualifier this month.

The September 4 defeat left the Panthers languishing fourth in their African zone qualifying Group Four for the 2006 World Cup finals, trailing well behind Angola, Nigeria and Zimbabwe on points.

Leon Ababe, president of Gabon's Football Federation (Fegafoot) said in a letter published at the weekend that Jairzinho, who had coached the national side for more than a year, was being dismissed for "unsatisfactory performance".

Federation sources said the Brazilian had already submitted a resignation letter to the Gabonese soccer body, which has been plagued by internal wrangling and financial problems.

Fegafoot were due to choose a new coaching team for the Panthers, who face Algeria in their next World Cup qualifier in early October.

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