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Kosovo fires coach after 2 losses in World Cup qualifying

October 13, 2021 GMT
Sweden's Kristoffer Olsson, center left, and Kosovo's Mergim Vojvoda battle for the ball during the World Cup 2022 group B qualifying soccer match between Sweden and Kosovo at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday Oct. 09, 2021. (Erik Simander/TT via AP)
Sweden's Kristoffer Olsson, center left, and Kosovo's Mergim Vojvoda battle for the ball during the World Cup 2022 group B qualifying soccer match between Sweden and Kosovo at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday Oct. 09, 2021. (Erik Simander/TT via AP)
Sweden's Kristoffer Olsson, center left, and Kosovo's Mergim Vojvoda battle for the ball during the World Cup 2022 group B qualifying soccer match between Sweden and Kosovo at Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, Saturday Oct. 09, 2021. (Erik Simander/TT via AP)

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Kosovo soccer federation fired Bernard Challandes as coach on Wednesday after a pair of World Cup qualifying losses.

Kosovo lost 3-0 at Sweden and then 2-1 at home against Georgia. The team is in last place in Group B.

The 70-year-old Swiss coach had been in charge of the national team since 2018.

“Taking into consideration our goals, in a joint agreement we decided to end the cooperation with the coach,” Kosovo soccer federation president Agim Ademi said.

Challandes said he was unhappy with the decision.

“I was pleased with this job and also proud with the work done so far,” he said at a news conference. “I was pleased to work with this team and that’s why I am upset for leaving.”

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