Lamouchi leaves Cote d’Ivoire job following World Cup exit

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Sabri Lamouchi has revealed that he will not extend his contract as Cote d’Ivoire coach following their disappointing results at the 2014 World Cup.

The African side were beaten 2-1 by Greece on Tuesday to see their tournament come to a premature end and Lamouchi has consequently decided to leave his post.

Cote d’Ivoire had started the tournament with a 2-1 win over Japan, but a 2-1 defeat versus Colombia on matchday two meant they needed at least a draw against Greece in their last group stage game.

However, a Georgios Samaras penalty well into stoppage time denied Lamouchi’s men, prompting the 42-year-old to say farewell to Cote d’Ivoire.

“My story with Cote d’Ivoire will stop here. It was a great honour to represent this great football country. The Greeks deserved their win, but we would have had an achievement if the match had stopped a minute earlier,” a frustrated Lamouchi said at the post-match press conference.

“It’s a lot of disappointment and frustration for me. The squad has made huge sacrifices and huge efforts. I’m very sad for them and for the Ivorian players individually.

“I have a future, I have a career ahead of me, I’m sure I’ll have a result, but I wish this match had ended in another way.”

Lamouchi had been in charge of Cote d’Ivoire since 2012.

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