Namibia dismiss Saintfiet

Namibia have fired Tom Saintfiet after a 3-1 loss to Gambia in a CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the weekend. The Belgian, who took over the Brave Warriors on a four-year contract in 2008, has been linked with the vacant post of Zimbabwe coach.

Saintfiet told AFP he received a phone call from Namibia Football Association (NFA) chief John Muinjo, and was informed he no longer enjoyed the support of the national body.

The 37-year-old lost only three of 13 matches since assuming the Namibia reins, and his achievements included defeating Zimbabwe 4-2 in a 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier and Congo DR 4-1 in a friendly.

Arguably his most satisfying result came in Durban last March, when Namibia drew 1-1 with South Africa after leading for much of the game.

The Brave Warriors next Cup of Nations qualifier is away to group favourites Burkina Faso next March. There are only three teams in the mini-league after the late withdrawal of cash-strapped Mauritania.