Frenchman Robert Nouzaret quits as coach of DR Congo

By Patrice CiteraBBC Sport, Kinshasa
Robert Nouzaret
Robert Nouzaret has quit his job as coach of DR Congo after a disagreement over team selection

Robert Nouzaret has quit as coach of DR Congo just days before their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Senegal.

The move comes after he fell out with the DR Congo football federation (Fecofa) over team selection.

"After our friendly last weekend with Angola the federation ordered me to pick a squad of home-based players for our match against Senegal," he said.

DR Congo beat Angola 2-1 on Sunday but Nouzaret feels the problems stem from a 3-0 loss to Gambia earlier this month.

The Fecofa president, Omari Selemani, has told BBC Sport that he will only be commenting on the coach's departure in the coming days.

"I don't know why the football federation blame me, after our friendly with Gambia they withdrew all my assistants," Frenchman Nouzaret told a local radio station.

"I sensed that it was going to finish badly between me and them.

"I felt that I wasn't working under the best conditions, especially on a philosophical level.

"I preferred to leave after my final contribution to the DR Congo - a win against Angola.

"I think things will be better for my players for the remaining two matches especially the next with one with Senegal."

Nouzaret, who signed a two-year contract in August 2010, also insisted that he would not be going back on to the job market.

"I had said that after the DRC job, I would stop. So, I am stopping."

DR Congo are currently second in Group E with seven points - behind Senegal who top the group with 10 points while Cameroon are third on five points.