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Thursday, July 13, 2000
Italian Matte takes over as Mali coach

BAMAKO, July 13 (Reuters) - Italian Romano Matte is to take over as coach of the Mali national soccer team from August 30, Malian Football Federation president Amadou Diakite said on Thursday.

Mali are due to stage the African Nations Cup finals in 2002.

Diakite said that nine European coaches had applied for the job left vacant when Frenchman Christian Saramagna resigned on April 28 after Mali were knocked out of the 2002 World Cup Africa zone preliminary round by Libya.

 


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