Ivory Coast name Patrice Beaumelle as new coach

Ivory Coast name Patrice Beaumelle as new coach

Ivory Coast have appointed Patrice Beaumelle as coach of the national team following last month’s dismissal of Kamara Ibrahim, whose campaign with the Elephants at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt was widely deemed as failure.

The 41-year-old Frenchman is not new to Ivory Coast, having manned the role of assistant coach under his compatriot Hervé Renard, who guided the Elephants to clinch the ultimate at the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea.

Beaumelle has been handed a 12-month renewable contract and tasked with qualifying and leading the team to the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.

Ivory Coast are not in a good position in Group K of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers, having won one match, lost another and now sit third with three points.

They return to action on March 23 in Abidjan against Madagascar in the third matchday of the qualifiers.

Aside a stint as head coach with Zambia between 2013 and 2014, Beaumelle has mostly worked as an assistant coach involving nine teams.

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