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Wednesday, 24 January 2024 17:47

Ivory Coast sack coach after humiliating Afcon defeat despite still being able to qualify.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Ivory Coast have sacked head coach Jean-Louis Gasset despite still having a chance of reaching the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) said Wednesday that it was terminating the contracts of the French coach and his assistant "for insufficient results in accordance to the contract of objectives they had with the FIF."

Former Ivory Coast midfielder Emerse Faé will take charge of the team on an interim basis.

Ivory Coast is hosting the Africa Cup but failed to secure automatic qualification to the tournament's knockout stage when it was beaten 4-0 by Equatorial Guinea in its final group game on Monday.

It left the Elephants with just three points from three group games and reliant on results in other groups to finish among the best four third-place finishers for a place in the last 16.

Equatorial Guinea finished top of Group A with seven points, ahead of Nigeria on goal difference.

Wednesday's final group games in Groups E and F were to determine whether the host nation could squeeze into the knockout stage.

The 70-year-old was appointed boss of the African side in May 2022 having previously managed Bordeaux, Saint-Etienne, and worked at PSG and with the French national team as an assistant.