Ivory Coast appoint Marc Wilmots as coach

Ivory Coast appoint Marc Wilmots as coach
Marc Wilmots

by Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Mar 22, 2017. 13:00

Ivory Coast have appointed Belgian Marc Wilmots as their new coach, as confirmed by the country’s football authorities on Tuesday.

The Elephants have been without a permanent coach since sacking Michel Dussuyer in February.

The Frenchman was dismissed after Ivory Coast’s failure to progress beyond the group stage of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, a tournament they entered as defending champions.

Wilmots, 48, was coach of Belgium’s national team from 2012 to 2016 and led them in the last World Cup in Brazil.

He was fired in July last year after Belgium were eliminated by Wales in the quarterfinals of Euro 2016.

The Belgian has signed a two-year contract (with an option to renew) and has been tasked with qualifying the Elephants to the 2018 World Cup and 2019 AFCON.

Wilmots will not be in charge for Ivory Coast’s two friendlies later this month, with caretaker Ibrahim Kamara set to lead the team for matches against Russia and Senegal.

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