Nooij to continue coaching Mozambique

MAPUTO - Dutchman Mart Nooij has signed a new four-year contract with Mozambique, almost six months after being told his stint in charge of the national team was at an end, officials confirmed on Saturday.

His appointment ends a stand-off between the country's football federation and sports ministry over the job.

The football federation president Feizel Seidat had wanted a change of coach after Mozambique went out in the first round of the African Nations Cup finals but the ministry, who pay the salary, wanted Nooij to stay on after a marked improvement in the team's performances in recent years.

Mozambique begin their qualification campaign for the 2012 African Nations Cup against Libya in September but have a friendly against Botswana next week, the federation said.

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