Ivory Coast named Marc Wilmots as Les Éléphants new head coach on Tuesday.

The former Belgium coach Wilmots, 48, succeeded Michel Dussuyer who resigned in January after exited the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations at the group stage.

“The appointment of Marc Wilmots is a big catch for the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) which, despite the modesty of its resources, has managed to hire this world-renowned coach,” said the country’s FA in a statement.

Wilmots, who was also sacked by Belgium in July after failing to take their highly-rated team beyond the Euro 2016 quarter-finals, is now tasked to guide the Elephants to the 21st FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia and the 2019 Nations Cup in Cameroon.

He was the head coach of Belgium between 2012 and 2016 and lead them to the World Cup in Brazil.

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