Mauritania has a new soccer head coach.
Frenchman Corentin Martins succeeds compatriot, Patrice Neveu, who was sacked in August after the team exited the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying tournament.
A former midfielder, Martins secured 14 caps for France and was part of their European squad in 1996 before retiring and taking his first coaching job in the French lower league.
Martins beat out fellow Frenchmen Pierre Lechantre and Sebastien Desabre and Serbian Milovan Rajevac for the position.
Meanwhile, Nico Labohm is Zambia’s new assistant coach.
The Dutchman is part of the technical team until the end of the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying series.
“It was important for us to find someone who knows the terrain and someone who can help the coach in Zambia,” said the country’s soccer association president, Kalusha Bwalya. “Labohm will bring a lot of knowledge and this is what we need. He has been around for many years and he has worked in the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Suriname, Ukraine, Tunisia and Zambia. We have four more qualifiers to play and he will stay with the team until the end of the qualifiers. We expect he will receive a lot of support from Zambians and from the players especially, so he can bring his expertise on the pitch and off of it in order to get the desired results.”
Bwalya has not ruled out Labohm being part of the coaching staff beyond the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers that end next month.
“Because of the name Zambia has, Labohm felt duty-bound to come at short notice and help the team,” he said. “Maybe he will stay. We hope he will like it and enjoy working here. We have the talent and I am sure it is an opportunity for him to work hard to develop the kind of talent that we have.”