Algeria Coach Halilhodzic Quits

By 09:52 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 Comments

Algeria coach Vahid Halihodzic has confirmed his departure from the job, despite personal plea from the country’s president to stay.

The Bosnian, 61, guided the North Africans to their first-ever Fifa World Cup knockout stage appearance in Brazil, but lost 2-1 in extra-time to Germany in the round of 16.

Algeria president Abdelaziz Bouteflika pleaded with Halilhodzic to stay, but he cited “family obligation and the lure of new personal challenges” as reasons behind his decision.

Vahid Halilhodzic and the Algeria National Team Arrive Algiers to a Rousing Welcome. Image: Fifa via Getty Image.

He is expected to be named new coach of Turkish outfit Trabzonspor next week.

The former Cote d’Ivoire manager became the ‘Le Fennec’s’ boss in July 2011 on a three-year contract.

Algeria lost their opening 2014 World Cup game 2-1 to Belgium, before defeating South Korea 4-2, while a 1-1 draw against Russia ensured they make the much-celebrated second round appearance.

The squad were given a hero’s welcome in Algiers on Wednesday on arrival from Brazil.

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