Zahoui bounces back with Niger

Zahoui bounces back with Niger
Niger new head coach Francois Zahoui

by Stephane DeSaintsalvy

Wednesday May 13, 2015. 12:30

Ivoirian manager François Zahoui has been appointed as Niger national team's new head coach, the country’s football association has announced on Tuesday.

The news comes just a week after the 52-year old was sacked by Guinean outfit AS Kaloum, following their failure to qualify for the group stage of the CAF Champions League with a 2-3 aggregate loss to USM Alger.

Zahoui, who led the Elephants of Côte d’Ivoire to a runners-up finish at the Africa Cup of Nations Gabon and Equatorial Guinea 2012, had joined Kaloum in February to succeed sacked manager Pascal Janin.

However, his journey at the helm of the ‘Yellow Submarine’ only lasted three months following their round of 16 exit at Africa’s foremost club competition.

The former international attacking midfielder is now set to lead the ‘Mena’ in their 2017 AFCON qualifying campaign, with the assigned task of sending Niger to the tournament’s finals in Gabon.

Niger will kick off their continental battle against Namibia in Niamey on 12-14 June, before facing their other Group K opponents Burundi and Senegal.

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