Marc Wilmots has been appointed the new coach of Côte d'Ivoire. The former Belgium coach takes charge of the Elephants after signing a two-year deal with the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) on Tuesday. He succeeds Frenchman Michel Dussuyer, who resigned from the role following Côte d'Ivoire’s exit at the group stage of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations Gabon 2017.
He will now oversee Côte d'Ivoire’s qualification campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, with the Elephants sitting top of African zone Group C after two rounds of matches. Their next qualifier is away to Gabon on 28 August. Wilmots has also been tasked with qualifying Côte d'Ivoire for the 2019 CAF Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.