Former Cote d’Ivoire coach Zahoui to handle junior team

The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations runners-up coach has been asked to manage the Ivorian junior national team following his dismissal from the senior outfit last month

The Cote d’Ivoire Football Federation (FIF) announced on Monday it had reached an agreement with the Elephants’ former coach Francois Zahoui to take charge of the junior team.

The body said the 49-year-old former midfielder will handle the U20 team and prepare it towards the 2016 Olympic Games.

He would also be assigned in due course to other tasks like the prospecting and grooming of young talents, the FIF said.

Zahoui has applied for Senegal and Mali coaching job, but refused to respond when asked if he would dump his new job if either of those countries accepted to work with him.

After flawlessly leading Cote d’Ivoire to the final of the 2012 Afcon against Zambia, Zahoui was fired on May 29 and replaced by first-time coach Frenchman Sabri Lamouchi.

Zahoui earlier threatened to sue the FIF for unfair dismissal and seek for compensation worth approximately €183,000.