UAEFA terminates national team coach Jovanovic's contract
The 57-year-old former Al Nasr coach had replaced Dutchman Bert van Marwijk in December last year
The UAE Football Association (UAEFA) has terminated the contract of National team coach Ivan Jovanovic, it was announced on Monday.
The 57-year-old former Al Nasr coach had replaced Dutchman Bert van Marwijk in December last year and was handed a six-month deal. But the Serbian's short term has come to an end without even taking charge of a game.
"The UAE Football Association terminated the contract of Ivan Jovanovic and his team of assistants, thanking him for his efforts with the National Team," the FA said in a statement on Monday.
"We wish him success in his next steps, praising his good cooperation and sincerity throughout his tenure," the statement added.
The FA also further added that the decision was taken following a meeting of the National Teams and Technical Affairs Committee.
""The decision was made based on the recommendation of the Football Association's National Teams and Technical Affairs Committee headed by Yousuf Hussain Al Sahlawi. The Board of the Football Association has delegated the National Teams and Technical Affairs Committee to sign with a new technical staff to lead the team during the coming period," the statement said.
Jovanovic had taken over coaching duties in late December with the remit to lead the UAE in the remaining fixtures of the joint qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.
UAE, who are placed in Group G, were to play the return leg against Malaysia at home on March 26 before making the trip to Jakarta to take on Indonesia on March 31.The UAE's final two matches of the second round were at home to Thailand and Vietnam on June 4 and June 9 respectively.
But the fixtures were postponed following an emergency meeting between the AFC and Fifa following the coronavirus outbreak.
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