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Ivory Coast Sacks Jean-Louis Gasset After Humiliating Defeat

Ivory Coast coach Jean-Louis Gasset has been fired, despite the fact that the squad is still in contention to go to the Africa Cup of Nations knockout stage.

The Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) said Wednesday that it was terminating the contracts of the French coach and his assistant due to “insufficient results in accordance with the contract of objectives they had with the FIF.”

Emerse Faé, a former Ivory Coast midfielder, was to lead the team on an interim basis.

 

Ivory Coast is hosting the Africa Cup but was defeated 4-0 by Equatorial Guinea in its final group game on Monday, denying it direct passage to the tournament’s knockout stage.

“There are sometimes nightmare matches, where everything seems to be against you,” Gasset said after the encounter. “A catastrophic scenario.”

It was Ivory Coast’s worst ever home defeat in the Africa Cup.

It left the Elephants with only three points from three group games and relying on other group results to finish among the top four third-place finishers and advance to the round of 16.

Equatorial Guinea finished first in Group A with seven points, ahead of Nigeria on goal differential.

The last group games in Groups E and F on Wednesday will determine whether the host nation advanced to the knockout stage.

Gasset allegedly presented his resignation to FIF president Yacine Idriss Diallo shortly after the loss to Equatorial Guinea. The 70-year-old coach has been in command since 2022, when he replaced compatriot Patrice Beaumelle after the squad failed to qualify for the World Cup.

Following Monday’s defeat, enraged Ivorian fans vandalized commuter buses outside the stadium.

“The Ivorian Football Federation expresses its regret for the progress of the Elephants during the group stage of AFCON 2023,” the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) said in a statement “However, it remains convinced of the potential of our football team, and calls on everyone to unite for all the challenges ahead.”

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