It’s been official for a few hours. Jean-Louis Gasset is the new coach of Côte d’Ivoire. The announcement was made by the president of the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) during a press conference this Friday.
The choice of Gasset (68) surprised more than one. In front of the media, the president of the FIF Yacine Idriss Diallo gave the reasons which militated in favor of the former coach of the Girondins de Bordeaux.
» We took a very experienced coach who has lived. And Jean-Louis Gasset is the ideal profile. For me, knowledge of African football is not a priority… You have to judge them at work. For me the goal is to win the CAN and that’s what we told the two coaches “, he said.
The Ivorian football boss also revealed the details of the contract which now binds Jean-Louis Gasset to Côte d’Ivoire.
» He signed a contract for one year plus an option. If he allows us to win the CAN or if he has had a satisfactory run, he will be automatically extended for one year. But, if after the CAN and evaluation, we realize that the results are not glowing, it stops « , he added.
Jean-Louis will take his first steps at the head of the Elephants on June 3 against Zambia in Yamoussoukro during the first day of the CAN 2023 Qualifying.