Angola sack De Almeida

Angola coach Mabi de Almeida has been sacked after a string of defeats, the national football federation has announced.

There had been media speculation that his job was on the line and the Angolan Football Federation (FAF) admitted they were searching for a new coach. FAF general secretary Augusto Pereira da Silva Alvarito told AFP: "This was an amicable decision taken by both sides. The national team has had some bad results and it is necessary to create a new psychological climate for the players so we can change how we work to improve our performance."

Former Chelsea coach Luis Felipe Scolari has been suggested as a possible replacement in the local media, but FAF denied they had contacted the Brazilian.  Alvarito said an announcement would be made soon regarding a replacement.

The change comes 10 months before Angola host the 2010 African Nations Cup, biennial showcase of football on the continent. The team, known as the Palancas Negras after the country's rare black sable antelope, has suffered a string of disappointing friendly results, including losing 4-0 to Mali and 1-0 to the Cape Verde Islands and drawing 0-0 with Namibia.