Queiroz quits

2002-03-12 12:19

Johannesburg - South African soccer coach Carlos Queiroz has resigned, the SA Football Association announced at a press conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

Queiroz was meetings with South African Football Association (Safa) officials on Tuesday to discuss his future after he threatened to quit in a meeting on Monday.

Queiroz had threatened to quit on Monday in another meeting, officials added, but the matter was being negotiated with Safa president Molefi Oliphant.

The Portuguese coach is unhappy over his new working relationship with the team's technical director Jomo Sono, who was appointed to work with Queiroz after the disappointing performance by South Africa at the African Nations Cup finals in Mali earlier this year.

South Africa were eliminated in the quarter-finals by the host country, promoting widespread speculation over the future of Queiroz on the eve of the World Cup finals in South Korea and Japan.

It was several weeks before Safa confirmed Queiroz would continue in his post at the World Cup, where South Africa will play in group B against Paraguay, Slovenia and Spain.

But Safa also appointed Sono, who owns a club in the South African premier league and was a former coach of the national team, to work with Queiroz.

Safa did not clarify that exact roles of the two men and officials confirmed that the two have argued in recent weeks over team selection and the appointment of coaching staff for the World Cup.

Queiroz was also upset over Sono's failure to turn up for a scheduled meeting last week, South African newspapers reported on Tuesday.

Queiroz, who has been in charge of South Africa since September 2000, has already told reporters he would be leaving the post after his contract expires at the end of the World Cup finals in June.