Wilmots is new Elephants boss

The Ivory Coast Football Federation have named Marc Wilmots as their new national team head coach.

The 48-year-old former Belgium and Sint-Truiden coach, replaces Michel Dussuyer, who quit the Elephants following their unsuccessful 2017 Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

Wilmots coached Belgium from 2012 to 2016 and was in charge as the European side reached the quarter-finals of both the World Cup in Brazil and the European Championships in France.

He has signed a two-year contract with the target of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

Wilmots will be in attendance at the Ivory Coast play international friendly matches with Russia on Friday and Senegal on Monday, where Ibrahim Kamara will lead the team.

The team head into these friendlies in strong position in their World Cup qualifying pool, as they currently occupy top spot with four points from two matches. Gabon, Morocco and Mali make up the group.

Their Africa Nations cup qualifying opponents with be Guinea, Central African Republic and Rwanda, with matches kicking off in June.

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