September 13, 2019 / 6:57 AM / 3 months ago

Soccer-Kuwait fires coach Jozak after home defeat to Australia

Sept 13 (Reuters) - Kuwait has sacked head coach Romeo Jozak just a year after his appointment following the team’s 3-0 home defeat to Australia in World Cup qualifying.

Croatian Jozak, 46, took over the reins of Kuwait’s national team in July, 2018, three months after being sacked by Polish club Legia Warsaw.

“The FA decided to consider the recommendations of the technical committee which advised to part ways with the technical staff of the national team,” Kuwait’s football association said in a statement.

Tuesday’s loss to the Socceroos came days after world number 156 Kuwait hammered Nepal 7-0 to open their qualifying campaign for Qatar 2022 and the Asian Cup in China in 2023.

“Congratulations to my ‘Blue’ boys! Strong opener of the Qualifiers and a message to the World that Kuwait is back on the international football scene,” the coach had tweeted after the home win against Nepal.

Kuwait still top Group B with one win from two matches and play Jordan next in Amman on Oct. 10.

The eight group winners and four best runnersup advance to the third round of qualification. (Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Ian Ransom)

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