Still no coach for Côte d'Ivoire

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pretoria - With only 87 days before the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Ivory Coast is yet to choose a head coach who will lead the team to the soccer showpiece in South Africa this winter.

Head coach Vahid Halilhodzic, whose job was clearly on the line after the Elephants' early exit at the Africa Nations Cup in Angola in January, was fired three weeks ago.

The 57-year-old was hired in 2008 and led the Ivorians to qualify for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

However, everything turned sour when the Elephants were booted out by Algeria in the quarter-final of the African Nations Cup.

Guus Hiddink, who hails from Holland, appears to be the hot favourite to lead the Elephants during the upcoming soccer spectacle.

Last week, a Dutch national broadcaster NOS reported that Hiddink had agreed to a two-month contract with the Elephants before starting his job as Turkey manager.

However, media reports in Japan said former Bafana Bafana and Nigeria coach, Philippe Troussier, is the one who will lead the Ivorians to the World Cup.

Meanwhile, the Ivory Coast Football Federation has confirmed to have met the candidates, but indicated that no one has been chosen.