Emerse Faé Appointed as Permanent Ivory Coast Head Coach After AFCON Glory

Ivory Coast have appointed Emerse Faé as their permanent head coach after he led them to the title at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) earlier this month, the country’s football federation president Idriss Diallo announced.

Faé, 40, was an assistant when the tournament kicked off, but was handed the reins when Frenchman Jean-Louis Gasset was sacked mid-tournament after they lost two of their three group games. The Ivorians still managed to scrape into the knockout stages as one of the four best third-placed finishers and went on to win the trophy as Faé engineered a remarkable comeback.

“Emerse Faé was until now interim coach. He is now confirmed as a permanent coach,” Diallo said.

Faé’s only previous coaching experience was with the juniors at French club Nice and as coach of the reserves at Clermont Foot. The France-born former Ivorian international played for his country at three Africa Cup of Nations and at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. He also played for Reading in the Premier League.

His next assignment will be friendly matches in March, which are still to be confirmed, and then 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Gabon and Kenya in June.

This news comes as the football world gears up for a busy period, with UEFA Euro 2024, the UEFA Champions League, and the FIFA Women’s World Cup all on the horizon. Fans can also look forward to updates on the Premier League, EFL Cup, EFL Championship, EFL One, EFL Two, and the FA Cup.

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