RIYADH Feb 15 Nasser Al Johar has resigned as
coach of Saudi Arabia after a poor run of form in 2010 World Cup
qualifiers, the country's soccer federation has announced.
Al Johar, who led the Saudis to the 2002 finals, quit in the
wake of their 1-0 defeat to North Korea last week, which left
them second from bottom in Group Two, with four matches
The top two in each group earn automatic berths at South
The reclusive coach will remain with the team as a technical
advisor, the Saudi federation said in a statement, according to
the Asian Football Confederation.
Al Johar took over last June after Brazilian Helios Dos
Anjos was sacked, despite having steered the Gulf giants to the
final round of World Cup qualifiers.
Al Johar's replacement, which local media reports say will
be a foreigner, will become Saudi Arabia's 20th coach since
Reporting by Martin Petty in Bangkok; Editing by Alison