Kuwait fire coach after Socceroos defeat

Kuwait have dumped head coach Romeo Jozak after their World Cup qualifying loss to Australia.
Kuwait have dumped head coach Romeo Jozak after their World Cup qualifying loss to Australia.

Kuwait have sacked head coach Romeo Jozak just a year after his appointment following the team's 3-0 home defeat to Australia in World Cup qualifying.

Croatian Jozak, 46, took over the reins of Kuwait's national team in July, 2018, three months after being sacked by Polish club Legia Warsaw.

"The FA decided to consider the recommendations of the technical committee which advised to part ways with the technical staff of the national team," Kuwait's football association said in a statement.

Tuesday's loss to the Socceroos came days after world No.156 Kuwait hammered Nepal 7-0 to open their qualifying campaign for Qatar 2022 and the Asian Cup in China in 2023.

"Congratulations to my 'Blue' boys! Strong opener of the Qualifiers and a message to the World that Kuwait is back on the international football scene," the coach had tweeted after the home win against Nepal.

Kuwait still top Group B with one win from two matches and play Jordan next in Amman on October 10.

The eight group winners and four best runners-up advance to the third round of qualification.

Australian Associated Press