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AFCON hosts Ivory Coast fire manager Gasset in hopes of group-stage survival

The hosts of the Africa Cup of Nations Ivory Coast, have officially announced the dismissal of coach Jean-Louis Gasset and his assistant.

This decision comes just two days after the team suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat against Equatorial Guinea in their second Group A match, following a 1-0 loss to Nigeria. Despite the dismissal, the team finished the group stage in third place with three points.

A statement from the Ivory Coast Football Federation (FIF) said: “The contracts of the Elephants Coach Jean Louis Gasset and his deputy Ghislain Marie Joseph were terminated for insufficient results in accordance with the objective contract which linked them to the FIF.”

Ivory Coast have taken the decision to sack Gasset despite the competition hosts still having a chance of progressing to the last 16. The four best ranked third-placed teams from the group stage will go through to the next round and Ivory Coast make the cut as things stand.

If Zambia fail to beat Morocco on Wednesday, they will definitely be among the last 16 teams. Even if Zambia win, Ivory Coast will still progress if Namibia lose to Mali in Group E.

Ivory Coast supporters will learn the team’s destiny on Wednesday. If the team advances to the knockout stage, they will face the reigning champions Senegal, who secured the top spot in Group C with three victories.

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.


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