afcon 2017
afcon 2017

The defending champions of the Africa Cup of Nations failed to hold on to their enthusiastic head coach Harve Renard despite a successful 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Ivorians conquered their West African neighbors, Ghana in a marathon penalty shootout at the Estadio Bata in Equatorial Guinea.

The exit of the Frenchman gave the Ivorian Football Federation, no option than to appoint an equally good coach as a replacement. On the 20th of July 2015, the nod was given to another Frenchman Michel Dussuyer, who has had a considerable experience of coaching on the Africa soil.

Michel Dussuyer was born on May 28th 1959 at Cannes, he started his football career as a goalkeeper with Cannes from 1978 to 1981 before joining OGC Nice in 1981. He moved to Ales for one season before returning to Cannes in 1984.

He started his coaching career with Guinea in 2002, where he helped qualify them to the Africa Cup of nations in 2004 before returning to his boyhood club Cannes in 2006 few days just after been appointed as the assistant coach of Cote D’ivoire.

Dussuyer 57, returned to Africa as the head coach of the Eagles of Benin in 2008 and was sacked by the Benin Football Federation in 2010. In 2015 he beat competition of Frederic Antonetti, to become the head coach of the continental champions, the Elephants of Ivory Coast.

The Ivorians won just a single game and drew thrice of the qualifiers, notwithstanding a very difficult qualification run, many believes the west Africans are still the team to beat in Gabon 2017, A magnificent challenge for Michel Dussuyer.

The West Africans have had more appearances in the Afcon than any other country having participated in 20 previous editions with two Gold medals. They will begin their title defense on Monday 16 July, 2017 as they taken on DR Congo at exactly 4pm.

Source: GNA


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