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The Elephants coach declared on Friday that he remains in control of the national team amid rumours that the national football association is in search of a successor

The 2012 Africa Cup of Nations finalists’ coach Francois Zahoui may not be leaving the post any time soon as a number of local newspapers reported this week. He told journalists on Friday in Abidjan that he was at his “post and working”.

Although his expired contract is yet to be renewed, there are strong indications the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) will continue with the former Cote D’Ivoire international, contrary to sources that revealed talks were underway to replace him.

FIF boss Sidy Diallo entered the conference hall on Friday holding the 49-year-old coach and joked, “You can see I’ve accompanied my coach to this press conference.”

Zahoui refuted the rumours that he was going to be fired soon, although he said he was still waiting the body’s final decision on his status.

When asked about the criticisms from some of his players like Salomon Kalou, Kader Keita and Seydou Doumbia on his choice of players in the final against Zambia, Zahoui said he could understand their frustrations because of the “painful loss” but that the players would begin to understand what happened in due course.

He also announced he was preparing for the international friendly match against Guinea on February 29 in Abidjan, meant to “reconcile my team with the general public after the mishap of February 12 in Libreville.”