The Ivory Coast coaching position has become vacant after Belgian Marc Wilmots left his job. The former Belgium National team coach who was appointed some few months ago has left the "Elephants " on a mutual agreement". He had only been in the role six months, but pays the price for his failure to guide the Elephants to a fourth successive World Cup. His final match in charge was the 2-0 defeat at the hands of Morocco, at home in Abidjan. A statement from the Ivorian Football Federation said the two sides had met on Monday and agreed to the split. In a statement on social media, Wilmots thanked the fans, players and members of the Federation for their efforts under him.
Kolo Toure has been appointed as part of the coaching staff for the Ivory Coast's senior national team. The ex-international will work as an assistant coach with Marc Wilmots for Friday's World Cup qualifier in Mali. He also has assistant roles on the coaching staff for the national team for locally-based players and the under-23 side, which takes part in Olympic qualifying. He is set to combine his Ivory Coast roles with his job at Celtic. Toure, 36, who won the Scottish title with Celtic last season, returned to the club as a technical assistant. At Celtic, the former Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City defender will be "supporting on all first-team coaching matters" and using his knowledge to assist the club's various youth levels.
Nigeria, Egypt and Tunisia could all book their spots at the 2018 World Cup in the penultimate round of African qualifiers at the weekend. The Super Eagles can clinch a place in Russia with a win over visiting Zambia on Saturday. The chances for Egypt and Tunisia are a more complicated as they also have to rely on results elsewhere if they are to qualify for Russia. Africa's other two groups can only be decided next month. Nigeria will face second-placed Zambia in Uyo with their World Cup fate in their own hands. Zambia are they only side who can overhaul Nigeria at the top of Group B after Cameroon and Algeria's World Cup chances were ended last month. The Nigerians, who are aiming for a third straight World Cup finals, won 2-1 in Zambia in October in the opening game of...
Ivory Coast Seydou Doumbia is facing two months on the sidelines after injuring himself diving trying to win a penalty for his Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon. He is set to miss the Elephants' final two 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Mali and Morocco. Ivory Coast's Belgian coach Marc Wilmots confirmed Doumbia had torn a tendon. Doumbia was shown a yellow card for diving and limped off the pitch during Sporting's European Champions League defeat by Barcelona. The 29-year-old went down on the edge of the area as he tried to go past Gerard Pique and then stayed on the ground needing treatment from the Sporting medical team. He was substituted just minutes before half-time and is one of several injuries Wilmots has ahead of the game on Saturday in Bamako. Crystal Palace's ...
Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue has had his transfer to Cypriot side Turk Ocagi Limasol put "on hold" after his medical revealed "abnormal blood values." According to Goal's Chris Wheatley, Tekin Birinci—who acted as an intermediary in the deal taking the free agent to Cyprus—confirmed Eboue is now being medically evaluated in England and denied speculation in the Turkish media that the 34-year-old has been diagnosed with HIV: "Emmanuel Eboue signed for a club and, as a normal procedure, we took him for a medical to check him out. "They found abnormal blood values so they didn't issue the licence and we took the decision to send him to England to have medical check-ups there. "It's wrong to say at this point he has HIV. Turkish news reports are wrong. I made it [Eboue’s si
Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire only have themselves to blame after crashing out of the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations following their goalless draw in their final Group B game at Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Tuesday, September 19. Senegal came out the blocks firing and created the first chance on goal in the opening minute when Assane Mbodji met a cross from the right, showing good skill to bring it under control before shooting wide from 14-yards out. The action quickly switched to the other end of the field when Ivorian Babou Diarra saw his powerful long range free-kick brilliantly saved by the keeper in the fifth minute. The next opportunity in front of goal only came in the 25th minute when Daouda Dieme cut into the Cote d’Ivoire box from the left flank, beating two defenders before
A goal from Charbel Gomez handed Benin a shock 1-0 win over Cote d’Ivoire in a Group B, 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations match at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday, September 15. The first scoring opportunity came in the 15th minute when Ivorian Inza Diabate brilliantly controlled a cross from the right on his chest and volleyed goal wards, but the Benin keeper made a spectacular close range save to deny. Six minutes later Fulgenc Aka Essis met a cross from the right at the back post, but his eight-yard header was acrobatically stopped by the Benin keeper once again. Despite being on the back foot for the most part, Benin took the lead in the 40th minute, very much against the run of play, when a shot from Marcellin Koupo was saved into the path of Charbel Gomez who duly tapped
Kolo Toure says he "couldn't be happier" after returning to Celtic to join the club's coaching staff as a technical assistant. Toure, 36, made 17 appearances for Celtic last season before ending his playing career to focus on coaching. "This is a new chapter in my career, a new beginning. The football is over now," Toure told the Celtic website. "I can officially say I am retired from playing and now I am fully concentrating on coaching." In his new role, the former Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City defender will be "supporting on all first-team coaching matters" and using his knowledge to assist Celtic's various youth levels. After taking up a coaching role with the Ivory Coast national set-up in the summer, Toure is relishing his coaching opportunity in the Scottish ...
Ivory Coast will open their Group B campaign at the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations with a match against Benin at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Friday evening, kick-off at 18h00 local time. The Ivorians were forced to scrap for their place in the last eight of the competition, as they needed penalties to overcome Togo after a goalless draw in their knockout round clash on Tuesday. Goalkeeper Jean Malick Ble Zadi proved to be the hero after saving two penalties and scoring one himself to help his side prevail 4-3 in the shootout. “I’m congratulating my boys for fighting and give a chance for our team to go to the group stage,” Elephants coach Ibrahim Kamara said after the match, while also acknowledging that their main aim at the WAFU competition is prepare a strong side
Togo coach Jean Paul Abalo has admitted that his side didn’t have any major goals for the WAFU competition, seeing it more as a chance to give his players experience. The Togolese were eliminated by Cote D'Ivoire on penalties after recording a 0-0 scoreline at the end of the final whistle. “Coming here we didn’t have any ambition to participate in the competition, but just to prepare our team for the next challenges coming our way,” Paul Abalo explained. “We regret the organisation of the tournament, because traveling for more than one hour to come and play just one game is not something that encourages the team.” Meanwhile Togo captain Maklibe Kouloun has described his team’s exit from the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations as ‘painful’. The Sparrow Hawks held Ivory Coast to a go