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Claude le Roy, coach of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has decided to call it a day at the age of 65.
The Frenchman, one of the most popular and recognisable figures in African football, saw his country’s hopes of securing a place in next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil shattered when they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Cameroon last weekend.
It was a second spell in charge of the Congolese national side for le Roy, and a ninth different appointment as a national team coach for the 65-year-old Frenchman, who helped Congo to qualify for the last Africa Nations Cup finals in South Africa to extend his own record for the most games coached at the finals.
However, last Sunday’s result meant that for the first time in six tournaments, a side coached by him failed to get past the first round.
In the World Cup qualifiers, DR Congo have won just one match in their five group games so far.
Ironically, Le Roy also had two stints in charge of Cameroon, and has also been coach of Ghana, Malaysia, Oman, Senegal and Syria in a colourful career, but the draw with Cameroon turned out to be his last-ever match in charge.