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Jorge Costa leaves 2017 AFCON hosts Gabon

Gabon Jorge Costa

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2017 African Cup of Nations hosts have relieved Portuguese manager Jorge Costa of his duties, six months before the continental tournament is set to kick off.

The Portuguese manager’s contract expired at the end of June, and the Gabonese Football Association has decided to search for a new manager instead of offering him a contract renewal.

Costa, 44, was the highest-paid manager of any African team, with a salary of €840,000 per year.

The former Portugal international – who retired in 2002 – was appointed as manager in the summer of 2014, and was blamed for recent poor results.

The Gabon national team was Costa’s first foray into international management, following stints with Braga and CFR Cluj, among other clubs.

The is set to kick off on the 14th of January, and will run until the 5th of February.

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