Algeria Coach Halilhodzic QuitsBy kellychi 09:52 Mon, 07 Jul 2014 Comments
Algeria coach Vahid Halihodzic has confirmed his departure from the job, despite personal plea from the countryâ€™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 â€œfamily obligation and the lure of new personal challengesâ€ 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 dâ€™Ivoire manager became the â€˜Le Fennecâ€™sâ€™ 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 heroâ€™s welcome in Algiers on Wednesday on arrival from Brazil.
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