Wilmots relishes coaching Ivory Coast's golden generation

Wilmots relishes coaching Ivory Coast's golden generation
Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Mar 24, 2017. 10:00

Newly appointed Ivory Coast head coach Marc Wilmots will try to persuade veteran midfielder Yaya Toure out of international retirement.

The 33-year-old midfielder announced his retirement from international football last September after making 113 appearances for the Elephants.

"I’ve seen the last two games that he played for Manchester City in a defensive midfield position. He's always great, he's so good physically,” Wilmots told reporters.

"I'll go see him, I'll talk with him. I know how important it is to have experienced players. It's not yet over for Toure, we’ve got to get him back. The Yaya Toure case will be one of my first missions," he indicated.

The 48-year-old, who coached his country of birth, Belgium at the UEFA Euro 2016 signed a two-year contract with the Ivorian Football Federation.

"I do not know much about the country, but I have a lot of information about the national team, and I was very interested in the national team," he said.

"They have a very good generation of players. I would say that this is a golden generation. When the challenge was offered to me, I thought why not?”

Wilmots is expected to guide Ivory Coast to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.



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