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Former Nigeria star steps down from Chelsea role

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Former Nigeria star steps down from Chelsea role

Former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Nov 07, 2017. 12:00


Former Nigeria international Michael Emenalo has stepped down from his position as Chelsea’s technical director.

According to the Telegraph, Emenalo brought his 10-year association with the Blues to an end on Monday, following their 1-0 victory over Manchester United on the weekend.

The former Super Eagles defender reportedly made the decision to quit during the European summer, but delayed his departure to have a minimal impact on the team.

Emenalo is a close friend of club owner Roman Abramovich, who asked the 52-year-old to reconsider, but he insisted that he needs to spend more time with his young family.

It is also speculated that Emenalo’s departure is due to strained relations with head coach Antonio Conte, who wants greater control of transfer proceedings.

Emenalo represented Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup and first joined Chelsea’s technical team in 2007.

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Alian Giresse steps down as Mali coach – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Sep 08, 2017. 13:30


Information coming through from Egypt is that Mali national team coach Alain Giresse has stepped down as the Eagles coach.

It is reported that Giresse has resigned from his post just after their 0-0 draw against Morocco in their 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia qualifier on Tuesday.

In the wake of the stalemate, Mali are at the depth of Group C with two points from four games, five shy of leaders Cote d’Ivoire.

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According to a report from the Confederation of African Football website, Giresse says he decided to stop because his role was complicated.

“It has become complicated for me. There are times when you must know how to stop,” Giresse told CAFOnline.com.

The French manager’s position had become untenable after a 6-0 drubbing by the Atlas Lions in the reverse fixture in Rabat.

Giresse was in charge of the side between 2010 and 2012, leading Les Aigles to third place at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

However, he was re-appointed in March 2015, but failed to steer the West Africans to glory as they failed to go past the group stage at the 2017 AFCON in Gabon.

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