Ivory Coast part ways with coach after failing to qualify for Russia 2018

Ivory Coast part ways with coach after failing to qualify for Russia 2018

15 Nov 2017, 09:22

Ivory Coast Football Association and the national team head coach Marc Robert Wilmots have parted ways on a mutual agreement. 

The coach resigns just days after the Elephants lost 2-0 to Morocco, a result that cost the team a slot in next year's Russia World Cup.

The Belgian announced the new developments on his social media accounts on Wednesday morning.

- Today, it was decided by mutual agreement to terminate the contract with @FIFCI_tweet [Ivory Coast FA]. I want to thank the fans, players and the leaders and wish you the best for the future, Wilmorts tweeted.

Ivory Coast played in each of the last three World Cup qualifiers - Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014.

Wilmorts, 49, was appointed in March 2017, taking over from Frenchman Michel Dussuyer who was sacked in February after failing to guide Ivory Coast past the Afcon 2017 group stages.

Wilmort has overseen four competitive games, all in the Russia qualifiers. Under him, the team registered only one win which was against Gabon away on September 2nd.

They went to lose the reverse fixture three days later in Abidjan, drew blanks against Mali in Bamako and the 2-0 defeat against Morocco in the ultimate group C decider.

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