Football: Ivory Coast hires Wilmots

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Marc Wilmots: now in charge of Ivory Coast Elephants

Ivory Coast  on Tuesday named former Belgium international Marc Wilmots as their new head coach to replace Michel Dussuyer.

The  48-year-old Wilmots was coach of Belgium between 2012 and 2016 and led them to the World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014.

He was sacked in July 2016 after Belgium lost 3-1 to Wales in the quarter-finals of the 2016 European Championships.

Frenchman Dussuyer quit the Elephants after they were eliminated from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) at the group stage.

Wilmots, who has signed a two-year contract with an option to renew, will get the chance to see his new charges in action almost immediately as Cote D’Ivoire play two friendlies.

However he will not be in charge of the team for those matches, against Russia on Friday in Krasnador and then Senegal three days later in Franceas.

Ibrahim Kamara will be in temporary control.

The Belgian has been set the task of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the Africa Cup of Nations a year later.

Cote D’Ivoire are top of their World Cup qualifying pool with four points from two matches, ahead of Gabon, Morocco and Mali, with only the group winners going to Russia.

When the Nations Cup campaign kicks off in June, the Elephants will battle it out with Guinea, Central African Republic and Rwanda for a place at the finals in Cameroon.


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