Setif coach Madoui to leave club at the end of the season

By Oluwashina OkelejiBBC Sport
Kheireddine Madoui
Kheireddine Madoui

Kheireddine Madoui has announced he is standing down as coach of six-time Algerian champions and reigning African champions Entente Setif at the end of the season.

Madoui, who had a short spell as caretaker coach in September 2013 before being handed the job full-time at the start of 2014, has decided to seek fresh challenges.

During the 38-year-old's reign, Setif won the 2014 African Champions League, the 2015 African Super Cup and reached fifth place at the 2014 Club World Cup.

But the coach announced his decision to leave after the holders defeated Raja Casablanca on penalties to squeeze through to the group phase of the 2015 African Champions League.

"I have announced my decision to leave now to allow time for the management to find a new coach," he told reporters in Algeria.

"It is also important to state that I don't want to be held responsible for the team's general problems."

A former Algeria international, Madoui has had to endure a torrent of abuse from a section of Setif fans in recent weeks.

"My decision to quit the job comes into effect at the end of the season and I believe there is enough time for the management to find a replacement."

At 37, he became the youngest coach to win the African Champions League in 2014, even though he had only been in the job for four months.

Champions League success led to Setif being voted Caf Club of the Year, Kheireddine Madoui voted Coach of the Year and El-Hedi Belameiri and Akram Djahnit finishing runners-up in the Africa-based Footballer of the Year.

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