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AFCON: Ivory Coast sack head coach Jean-Louis Gasset despite chance at qualification into the last 16

Africa Cup of Nations hosts Ivory Coast have parted ways with head coach Jean-Louis Gasset.

Ivory Coast have sacked head coach Jean-Louis Gasset two days after their 4-0 defeat against Equatorial Guinea, despite still having a chance of reaching the last 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The hosts will be led by Emerse Fae, one of Gasset’s coaches, on an interim basis to see the end of the tournament.

They become the first AFCON host to lose two group games since they did so in 1984.

The country’s football federation confirmed on Wednesday that they have parted ways with Gasset.

“The contracts of coach Jean-Louis Gasset and his assistant Ghislain Printant are terminated due to insufficient results,” the FIF said in a statement.

Gasset is the second head coach to be sacked this week at AFCON following Chris Hughton’s dismissal as Ghana boss following their group-stage exit from the tournament.

Only once in nine previous attempts have Ivory Coast failed to get out of the group stage at AFCON.

Luckily, Morocco’s win over Zambia on Wednesday night meant the host nation snuck in as one of the best third-placed teams, facing an in-form Senegalese side, who have won every game, in the knockout stages.

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