President of DR Congo:Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo intervenes to sack former valencia manager Hector cuper.

With the end of the club season already arrived and international fixtures due to break after the weekend, football is entering ‘silly season’. Former Valencia manager Hector Cuper has been unfortunate enough to find himself victim of it.

The Argentine was sacked from his position as coach of the Democratic Republic of Congo after consecutive losses to Sudan, Gabon and Morocco. That’s despite finishing top of his group to set up a play-off for the World Cup with Morocco, which they have only qualified for once in 1974.

“We regret to inform you that we would like to terminate your contract as manager,” a letter to Cuper from DR Congo’s Sports Ministry stated.

“We do not believe that you have helped improve the team as agreed in your contract.”

The letter said Cuper had agreed to “build up tactics, training and game methods” when he joined the central Africans.

The 66-year-old had successfully guided DR Congo through the group phase of the World Cup qualifiers after taking over in May last year.

The Leopards had finished top of Group J ahead of Benin, Tanzania and Madagascar to set up a play-off against Morocco.

It brings to an end Cuper’s second stint in charge of an African nation after his three years with Egypt, who he guided to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

That isn’t the remarkable part of the story though. According to Stanis Bujakera Tshiamala, as referenced in Marca, the President of DR Congo took matters into his own hands. Felix Tshisekedi personally sent a missive to the football federation to ensure he did not keep his job.

Cuper’s contract expired, having not ‘improved the level of the team’, an assessment that was to be made by Nkonde. Cuper had won 3 of his matches, drawn 4 and lost 5 in total.

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