Henri Michel has resigned as coach of Equatorial Guinea for the second time in recent months due to "repeat interference" in his job, insiders close to the Frenchman said late Wednesday.
The news will come as a blow to the African minnows, who will co-host the three-week African Cup of Nations with Gabon beginning on January 21 and were competing in the competition for the first time.
Michel, the former coach of France, Morocco, Cameroon and Ivory Coast, first announced his resignation in October after complaining of "external interference".
He made an about-turn barely a week later, pledging to honour his contract until the end of the tournament after being given guarantees he would be left to his own devices.
Michel took up the post in January 2011 after replacing Paraguayan Carlos Lobo Diarte and was given the task of leading Equatorial Guinea -- ranked 155th in the world and 41st among African nations by FIFA -- past the tournament's first round.