Ivory Coast fire coach Marc Wilmots

Ivory Coast fire coach Marc Wilmots

Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots has been dismissed following a poor run of form of the Elephants in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying, the country’s football body (Fif) announced on Tuesday.

The 48-year-old Belgian was appointed in March 2017, in the wake of Ivory Coast’s debacle at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon a month earlier.

Massed ranks of the home fans in Abidjan

Tasked with rebuilding and qualifying the team to the 2018 World Cup, the former defender failed to accomplish his mission.

In the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifications, Wilmots registered three losses, two draws and a win.
“The Ivory Coast football federation and Wilmots have met to analyse the situation and consequently agreed to mutually end our relationship. We thank him for the work realised and wish him good luck,” the body said in a statement on Tuesday.

On Saturday, Ivory Coast were stunned in Abidjan by Morocco (2-0) in the final matchday of the 2018 World Cup qualifying, sparking nationwide calls for the removal of the former Belgium gaffer.

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