After weeks of uncertainty about who will command the Elephants, Ivory Coast’s FA is set to reveal the new tactician…
Following the unexpected poor outing of the Ivorian national team at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, where they were eliminated in the quarter-finals by Algeria, the country’s FA proceeded to do some clean up, starting with the status of current coach Vahid Halilhodzic.
The Bosnian had wanted to retain his post and lead the team to South Africa 2010 but he has come under harsh criticism in the Ivorian media for some of his unwise choices and lack of courage to pull out big players from games where they performed poorly, reported Le Sport, the Ivorian sports daily.
The FA president Jacques Anoma has been consulting the presidents of football clubs across the country to pick the man fit to handle the Elephants during the World Cup challenge.
According to an Ivorian sports website Sport-Ivoire, more than 10 names have been on the list, including Frenchman Philippe Troussier, Belgian Eric Gerets and Dutchman Guus Hiddink, whom Didier Drogba reportedly contacted in his job as the captain of the Ivorian team.
Thursday’s sports newspapers’ headlines suggest Guus Hiddink may likely get the job, but the FA secretariat says hands should remain crossed.