Ivorian FA in no rush to appoint new Elephants coach

Ivorian FA in no rush to appoint new Elephants coach

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Apr 14, 2018. 08:55

The Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF) have stated that they will not rush to appoint a permanent Elephants head coach.

The federation is looking for a successor to former boss, the Belgian Marc Wilmots, who was dismissed six months ago.

"When we mutually terminated Marc Wilmots' contract we had to pay him off, but we've still not paid him - so we cannot afford to hire another coach," FIF vice-president Sory Diabate said on BBC.

"If we appoint one right now, he will be paid to do nothing, so the plan is to name the right coach in June.

"It's a good time because the team will play two friendlies then to prepare for the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers scheduled for September. Interested coaches have submitted their applications and we did not close the door on anyone," added Diabate.

"To win in Africa in 2019 is not a priority, We know there is enough quality in our team, so our goal is to build a solid foundation for the 2021 and 2023 Nations Cup tournaments and the 2022 Fifa World Cup."

Ibrahim Kamara has been serving as Elephants' interim coach and he was in charge during last month's friendly matches against Togo (2-2 draw) and Moldova (2-1 win) in France.

Last year, Ivory Coast failed to defend their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title in Gabon, before failing to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

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