AFCON 2023: Hosts Ivory Coast to ‘loan’ coach until end of tournament

The Ivorian Football Federation has agreed to loan Les Bleues manager Hervé Renard until the end of the country’s ongoing 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Renard has extensive experience in Ivorian and African football, having previously coached the Zambian, Moroccan, and Ivorian national teams, as well as becoming the first coach to win two Africa Cup of Nations with different countries, Zambia (2012) and Ivory Coast (2015).

The host nation is currently without a coach after Jean-Louis Gasset was fired following the country’s 4-0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea in their final group-stage match of the campaign.

According to L’Équipe, the Ivorian FA has contacted its counterpart, the French Football Federation (FFF), about loaning Renard, the current coach of France’s women’s national team.

It further claims that the agreement is not to remove the 55-year-old from the women’s squad, since he is under contract until the Olympic Games in August 2024, but to bring him on board for a limited time.

Ivory Coast finished as one of the four best losers, receiving three points. The Elephants won only one game, losing the other two.

The team confronts a difficult job when they face Senegal, one of the tournament’s favourites, in their round-of-16 game on Monday, January 29 at the Charles Konan Banny Stadium in Yamoussoukro.

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