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Former Belgium coach Marc Wilmots appointed Ivory Coast manager

Marc Wilmots Ivory Coast

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Ivory Coast signed former Belgium international Marc Wilmots as their new manager to replace former coach Michel Dussuyer.

French coach Michel Dussuyer resigned after the Elephants were eliminated from the 2017 African Cup of Nations in Gabon. The Ivorian Football Federation agreed with the new coach on a two-year contract with an option to renew.

Wilmost was in charge of Belgium from 2012 to 2016 and led the team to the World Cup in Brazil. He was later sacked after Belgium lost 3-1 to Wales in the quarter-finals of the European Championships.

Ibrahim Kamara is currently Ivory Coast’s temporary coach and will lead the team in the upcoming friendlies against Russia and Senegal. Such friendlies will be a great chance for Wilmost to know more about his new team before he officially takes charge.

Ivory Coast are currently on top of their World Cup qualifying group with four points from two matches. The 48-year-old coach will be expected to qualify with the Elephants to the 2018 World Cup in Russia in addition to qualifying to the next African Cup of Nations which will be a year later.

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