Mali in contact with Cote D’Ivoire former coach Francois Zahoui

The Elephants former coach is yet to seal a deal with the Eagles but talks are progressing

Cote D’Ivoire former coach Francois Zahoui is in talks with Mali Football Federation over the vacant post of the national team following the resignation of Frenchman Patrice Carteron, who led the Eagles to win bronze at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa before stepping down to take up a new appointment at DR Congo’s side TP Mazembe.

Zahoui, who has not landed a coaching job with a senior side since his departure from the Elephants in April 2012, is considered a top candidate for the Malian job, according to officials, but no deal has been reached.

The Malian FA is in search of a French-speaking coach with experience in African football and who is willing to reside in the country.

Zahoui’s contract with Cote D’Ivoire was not renewed when he failed to bring home the much-coveted Africa Cup of Nations trophy in 2012, which he lost to the Chipolopolo of Zambia on penalties.

He was later appointed as coach of Cote d’Ivoire’s U20 team.