Dussuyer quits as Cote d’Ivoire coach

Ivory Coast's French coach Michel Dussuyer reacts during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group C football match between Morocco and Ivory Coast in Oyem on January 24, 2017. ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP

Ivory Coast’s French coach Michel Dussuyer reacts during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group C football match between Morocco and Ivory Coast in Oyem on January 24, 2017.<br />ISSOUF SANOGO / AFP

Michel Dussuyer has resigned as coach of Cote d’Ivoire after the defending champion failed to advance from the group stage at the African Cup of Nations in Gabon.

The 57-year-old is the second coaching casualty of the tournament in Gabon after Algeria coach, Georges Leekens, quit following his side’s surprise first round elimination.

Dussuyer had been in the job for just over 18 months and got the Ivoirians off to a good start in the group phase of the World Cup qualifiers late last year.

But defeat by Morocco in Oyem last Tuesday saw the Ivoirians unable to defend their African title after drawing their first two group games and then losing their key last group match.

“The decision came after consultation with the federation. We thank him for his work, as well as his humanity, professionalism, humility and discretion,” said a statement from the Ivoirian Football Federation yesterday. “The federation would like to reassure the public that measures are in place to find his replacement.”

Dussuyer has coached at five Nations Cup, three times with Guinea, once with Benin and then with the Ivoirians.



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