Cote d’Ivoire unveils new football coach


Ibrahim Karama. [Courtesy BackpagePix]
Cote d’Ivoire has unveiled Ibrahim Kamara as the new coach of the national football side after seven months without a manager.

The Elephants sacked Marc Wilmots in November 2017 following the Belgian’s failure to secure World Cup qualification, but did not rush to fill the position soon after.

Kamara was Herve Renard’s assistant during the AFCON-winning campaign of 2015, and was once the head coach of the Elephant’s home-based team.

He becomes the first local tactician to take charge of the side since Francois Zahoui’s exit in 2012.

Vice-President of the Ivorian Football Federation Sory Diabate had confirmed in April that the FIF would name Wilmots’ successor before the end of June, but ultimately waited until Saturday to unveil Kamara.

Kamara has signed a two-year deal which will see him manage the side until June 2020.

“The new Elephants coach has the aim of qualifying the national side for the 2019 AFCON and, above all, to prepare the group for the 2021 AFCON which has been awarded to the Cote d’Ivoire,” read a statement from the Ivorian football body FIF.

Cote d’Ivoire missed out on the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the first time since 2006, a failure that irked millions of football lovers in the country.