ABIDJAN – The Ivorian Football Federation (IFF) says it has screened applications from 37 persons seeking to be hired as the coach of the Elephants, the country’s national male football team.
The IFF President, Sidy Dilallo, said in statement released in Abidjan on Tuesday that six of the applicants were Ivorians while 31 were foreigners.
Diallo said five out of the 37 applicants had been selected for the final screening.
“The Technical Committee on the recruitment of a new coach has been working seriously to conclude the task before it.
“The committee has submitted a list of five applicants for the final screening, and the IFF will choose from this list,’’ he said.
According to the federation president, those on the final list include Francis Gillot, Frédéric Antonetti, Hervé Renard, Luis Fernandez and Jose Manuel.
Former coach of the Elephants, Sabri Lamouchi, had announced his exit after the team failed to qualify for the second round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The Elephants, who were in Group C at Brazil 2014, beat Japan 2-1 in their opening match of the June 12 to July 13 competition.
They however later lost 1-2 each to Colombia and Greece, their other two opponents at the group stage.(NAN)