Ivory Coast Fae Appoints Gerard Gnahouan, Others As Backroom Staff

After the Elephants’ performance in the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cote d’Ivoire 2023, earlier this year, head coach Emerse Fae of Cote d’Ivoire reorganised his backroom staff.

Three new players have been added by Fae, who replaced Frenchman Jean-Louis Gasset during the competition in January, as he works to earn spots in the 2025 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations and 2026 World Cup.

Former Cote d’Ivoire goalkeeper Gerard Gnahouan, 45, previously served as Sochaux’s goalkeeping coach in French Ligue 2.

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As the Elephants’ new goalkeeping coach, Gnahouan, who was capped ten times between 2002 and 2011, will have the responsibility of bringing out the best in Yahia Fofana, the team’s first choice.

Formerly of Nice, a French club, and Morocco’s Under-17 team, Samir Anba, a Moroccan, takes over as the fitness coach.

Jeremy Antonio, who worked with Fae at Clermont, France, joins the team as a video analyst.

This new composition of the technical staff marks the start of a new era for the Cote d’Ivoire national team, and expectations are high,” said Fae.

Fae kept faith with assistant Guy Demel while former international Alain Gouamene joins as the second assistant coach of the AFCON-winning team.

The 40-year-old led an all-local setup to a surprise African title in March after being promoted from Gasset’s number two following their near exit at the group stage.

The new backroom additions have a huge challenge ahead, with Cote d’Ivoire facing crunch matches in June as they bid to qualify for the 2026 World Cup.


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