François Zahoui named as Central African Republic coach

François Zahoui named as Central African Republic coach

Ivorian François Zahoui, who led the Elephants to the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations final, has been appointed as new coach of the Central African Republic (CAR) national team.

The 58-year-old former midfielder of Toulon and Nancy (France) replaces Raoul Savoy of Switzerland who failed to qualify the Fauves to the 2019 AFCON.

“I can confirm that Francois Zahoui is the new coach of the Fauves. He will be paid by the football federation in the meantime before the government takes over,” Celestin Yanindji, the interim FA president, said on Tuesday.

Zahoui was dismissed by Ivory Coast in 2012 and appointed as Niger coach in 2015. Last week he announced he was quitting the Mena.

CAR are yet to participate in the AFCON and would be leaving no stone unturned to achieve that ambition at the upcoming edition in Cameroon, according to Yanindji.

“We will be going to the 2021 AFCON. We are going to put everything in place to make it happen,” he said.

CAR will face Burundi and Mauritania in November in the AFCON qualifiers.

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