May 22, 2012 / 5:48 PM / 6 years ago

Soccer-Coach quits after no salary for eight months

BANGUI, May 22 (Reuters) - French coach Jules Accorsi has left his job in charge of the Central African Republic shortly before they begin their World Cup qualifiers because he has not been paid for months.

Accorsi, whose tenure had seen the country climb more than 100 places in the FIFA rankings, said in a radio interview: ”My last salary was in September.

“I had been hoping after talking to senior people in the government that the problem would be sorted out even if they paid a portion but they have not responded. I have finally decided to leave but with much regret.”

The Central African Republic host Botswana on June 2 and then play in Ethiopia the following weekend in their opening World Cup qualifiers. South Africa are the other team in their group.

The Central African Republic also play two matches against Egypt in the African Nations Cup qualifiers later in June.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; editing by Dave Thompson

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