Honduras coach Luis Fernando Suarez, a Colombian who led Ecuador to the second round of the 2006 World Cup, quit from his position on Wednesday following a third straight loss in Brazil.

Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni also announced his resignation on Wednesday and said he takes “full responsibility” for the Asian champions' winless exit from the World Cup.

Suarez also apologised to the Honduras fans for failing to take the team into the next round of the World Cup.

"I am sorry I didn't manage more," said Suarez, who has been Honduras coach since March 2011.
    
"I am sad because I had a dream about this World Cup,” he added.
     
Honduras lost to Switzerland 3-0 on Wednesday at Arena da Amazonia in the hot and humid Brazilian rainforest in perhaps the team's best chance to shine as they were playing in conditions similar to those at home.

In earlier matches at the World Cup, Hondurans lost to France 3-0 and then fell to Ecuador 2-1.
     
"This team is good for Honduras but then another person can take this position and do better things," Suarez said.

"A new coach will definitely realize that they have a very good material,” he added.
     
Suarez said his contract with the football federation would expire when the team was eliminated from the World Cup but he decided after the match to step aside regardless and let someone else take over.
     
"It's not a resignation. It's not an issue with the contract," Suarez said.

"I unilaterally take the decision of not continuing,” he added.

Meanwhile, Japan coach Zaccheroni while announcing his resignation said that he was disappointed and not satisfied with his team’s performance at football’s biggest spectacle.

Zaccheroni, 61, brought a squad full of optimism to Brazil but the Blue Samurai suffered a brutal reality check culminating in Tuesday's 4-1 rout by Colombia.
     
"I am disappointed and not satisfied with the results," the Italian told a press conference at the team's base camp in Itu, Brazil.
     
"I really wanted to take us forward and qualify for the second round and I am so disappointed. But I picked the team, decided on the tactics and how we play and I want to take full responsibility,” he added.
     
Zaccheroni followed the recent trend of coaches tendering resignation after their team’s exit from the World Cup after Italy's Cesare Prandelli and Sabri Lamouchi of Ivory Coast both fell on their swords.
     
Zaccheroni's contract was due to expire after the tournament but his resignation leaves Japan needing to bed in a new coach quickly before their Asian Cup defence in January.
     
Japan waltzed through qualifying and came to Brazil with high hopes and a squad including Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa, Keisuke Honda of AC Milan and Inter's Yuto Nagatomo.
     
But after taking the lead against Ivory Coast, they lost the opener 2-1 and then drew 0-0 against Greece. Tuesday's big defeat to Colombia left them rock-bottom in Group C.

Zaccheroni said Japan were headed in the right direction but were still hampered by their traditional problem at the top level - a lack of physical presence.
     
"I told the players and staff that I was happy and proud to be their coach. Over the last four years I have put my heart and soul into helping this team grow," Zaccheroni said.
     
"I think the culture of Japanese soccer and the special characteristics and technique of the players can cut it on the world stage but physical strength is what is lacking,” he added.
     
"I have tried to create a team with speed and intensity and don't think the direction I tried to take the team was the wrong one. I think the team should continue on the same path it has been on for the last four years,” he said.
     
Zaccheroni was a successful club coach and led AC Milan to the 1999 Serie A title before taking up his first national post with Japan in 2010.
     
Such is his affection for the country that he once declared he was "in love with Japan" and considered himself "half-Japanese".
     
His tenure got off to a brilliant start when Japan beat Lionel Messi's Argentina 1-0 at a home friendly in his first match in charge.

(JPN/Agencies)

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