Wael Al-Habashi, the secretary of the Transitional Interim Committee for the Kuwaiti Football Federation, announced today that Kuwait's Croatian coach, Radion Gacanin, had been fired from his position. Gacanin will be replaced by Mohammed Ibrahim, a distinguished former player for the Kuwait national team and coach of the Al-Qadisiya club.
The Kuwaiti Football Federation were dissatisfied with the results achieved by the national team under Gacanin, including the recent 1-0 loss to Syria in Damascus in a 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier, which has left Kuwait on the bottom of AFC qualifying Group Five.
Ibrahim has occupied the position of caretaker coach for the Kuwait national team twice before, and has gained an excellent reputation as a coach in the region. He won three trophies in his first year as coach of Al-Qadisiya.
Kuwait face a tough struggle to reach the next round of AFC qualifiers, as they are four points adrift of joint group leaders Syria and the UAE with three rounds of matches remaining.