Five Coaches Vying For Cote D’Ivoire Post

Five Coaches Vying For Cote D’Ivoire Post

Coach Michel Dussuyer - Kenenyi.com

Coach Michel Dussuyer - Kenenyi.com

Football authorities in Cote D’Ivoire have revealed a list of five coaches that are shortlisted to potentially take the national team coaching reigns.

The Elephants have been without a coach since Herve Renard took the decision to resign from the national team in order to take over French Ligue 1 club Lille.

Renard became the first coach to win the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with two different national teams, taking the title in 2012 with Zambia and then this year’s continental flagship competition in Equatorial Guinea with the Ivorians when they beat Ghana in the final thanks to a tense and entertaining penalty shootout.

The Ivorian FA is now keen to move on from Renard’s chapter in order to focus on the qualifying for the 2017 AFCON, and the 2018 World Cup; by providing the media with a five-man list of coaches who could soon be in charge of the African champions.

The original list of coaches was 60 strong, before the recent edits to the shortlist. The vacant position will be filled by a coach that is experienced in terms of African football, while being able to speak French, according to the FA. This is so that they will be able to communicate with players and officials with ease.

The official list consists of Henryk Kasperczak, Patrice Neveu, Michel Dussuyer, Paulo Duarte and Frederic Antonetti.

Polish manager Kasperczak was previously in charge of Cote D’Ivoire between 1993 and 1994, and has also spent time in charge of Tunisia, Mali and Senegal. Michel Dussuyer has the experience of coaching Guinea to the 2015 Nations Cup.

Portuguese coach Paulo Duarte was previously at the head of the Burkina Faso and Gabon national teams, while Patrice Neveu is another experienced coach on the continent, having led Guinea, DR Congo and Mauritania in the past.

The only man on the list who has not coached within Africa before is Frederic Antonetti, who previously took charge of French clubs Rennes and Nice.

A decision is expected from the Ivorian FA in the coming weeks ahead of September qualifiers.