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Marc Wilmots gets the boot following World Cup failure – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Nov 15, 2017. 16:30


Marc Wilmots dismal spell as head coach of the Ivory Coast has come to a premature end.

The former Belgium international has reportedly left his job “by mutual agreement”, but having failed to lead a star-studded Elephants outfit to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, it can be presumed that he was forced out of the position.

Wilmots, 48, had only been in charge for all of six months, but having failed to lead the Ivorian’s to a fourth successive World Cup he has duly paid the price.

His tenor started with a 5-0 defeat to the Netherlands and ended with a 2-0 defeat in Abidjan to Morocco this past weekend.

The Atlas Lions – coached by Herve Renard – booking their return to the world stage at the expense of the Ivory Coast.



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Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots: We must give everything – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 14:30


Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots has called on his team to “give everything” in their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Morocco.

The Elephants will host the Atlas Lions in Abidjan on Saturday evening for a do-or-die clash: the home side must win to qualify for Russia 2018, while any other result will see the North Africans return to the global tournament for the first time since 1998.

“We need a team that will go to the fight and that everyone is able to play 90 minutes at 200 percent, to give everything for his country and his nation,” said Wilmots.

“I call on the Ivorians to come to the stadium to cheer on their team to go to the World Cup.”

The Elephants coach has warned that Morocco will be difficult opponents, with the North Africans’ consistency in team selection giving them a strong foundation on which to build.

“First of all, this team [Morocco], apart from a change – [Younes] Belhanda who was suspended – has played the last five games with the same frame, the same defence, the same midfielders. so there is automation, there is a conversion that is very fast, especially defensively.”

Wilmots has also brushed off suggestions that his counterpart, Herve Renard, will have an advantage because he knows the Ivorian players so well, having coached the Elephants in the past.

“I have never seen a coach score a goal!” exclaimed the Belgian.

“Fear in us, it does not exist. We are at home. We will have the audience with us. There will be 30-35,000 people. It’s amazing.”

He added, “The pressure is on both [teams] since both can qualify. And Morocco, it’s been a while since they went to the World Cup.”

The match will be staged at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, kick-off at 19h30 CAT.



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Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots: We must give everything


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Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 14:00


Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots has called on his team to “give everything” in their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Morocco.

The Elephants will host the Atlas Lions in Abidjan on Saturday evening for a do-or-die clash: the home side must win to qualify for Russia 2018, while any other result will see the North Africans return to the global tournament for the first time since 1998.

“We need a team that will go to the fight and that everyone is able to play 90 minutes at 200 percent, to give everything for his country and his nation,” said Wilmots.

“I call on the Ivorians to come to the stadium to cheer on their team to go to the World Cup.”

The Elephants coach has warned that Morocco will be difficult opponents, with the North Africans’ consistency in team selection giving them a strong foundation on which to build.

“First of all, this team [Morocco], apart from a change – [Younes] Belhanda who was suspended – has played the last five games with the same frame, the same defence, the same midfielders. so there is automation, there is a conversion that is very fast, especially defensively.”

Wilmots has also brushed off suggestions that his counterpart, Herve Renard, will have an advantage because he knows the Ivorian players so well, having coached the Elephants in the past.

“I have never seen a coach score a goal!” exclaimed the Belgian.

“Fear in us, it does not exist. We are at home. We will have the audience with us. There will be 30-35,000 people. It’s amazing.”

He added, “The pressure is on both [teams] since both can qualify. And Morocco, it’s been a while since they went to the World Cup.”

The match will be staged at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny, kick-off at 19h30 CAT.



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Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots calls for unity ahead of Morocco clash – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 16:30


Ivory Coast coach Marc Wilmots has called for unity ahead of his team’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Morocco next month.

The Elephants will host the Atlas Lions for their decisive Group C clash at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny in Abidjan on November 11.

Ivory Coast must win the match to top the group and secure qualification for a fourth successive World Cup.

Morocco, meanwhile, need only avoid defeat and they will qualify for their first global tournament since 1998.

Wilmots recently took to his official Twitter page to call for unity from Ivory Coast supporters ahead of the match.

The Belgian has come under harsh criticism for the Elephants’ form since he took over in March.

“Exactly 2 weeks before the confrontation with Morocco. All united for qualification,” Wilmots posted on his account this past weekend.



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Marc Wilmots: The match against Morocco will be like a final – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 09, 2017. 21:00


The Ivory Coast v Morocco match in Abidjan match in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers next month has been likened to a final by Elephants coach Marc Wilmots.

The Elephants dropped off the summit of Group C this past weekend after they were held 0-0 by Mali in Bamako, allowing Morocco to leapfrog into first place with a 3-0 win over Gabon.

The top two teams will meet in Abidjan in the final round of matches next month, with Morocco needing only a draw to secure a place in Russia 2018.

Ivory Coast, meanwhile, must defeat the Atlas Lions to reclaim first place and secure a berth at their fourth successive World Cup.

Wilmots believed his defence did a superb job in keeping Mali at bay, and also cited their injury problems as a contributing factor in their failure to win.

“Overall, there was a dominance of Mali which is a very difficult team to play at home,” said the Belgian coach, as quoted by Fratmat.

“The defence was in place but I think it was the whole team that made the effort,” added Wilmots.

“The attackers participated in this work. Notably Roger Assalé and Maxwell Cornet.

“We had a lot of injuries before this game. We had to rebuild a team and quickly. This is the first time this midfielder has played together.”

The Elephants coach concluded, “We took a point on this game. We will have a final in Abidjan that we must win against Morocco.”



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Marc Wilmots – I won’t use injuries as an excuse – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Oct 04, 2017. 19:30


The Ivory Coast’s spate of injuries will not be used as an excuse, according to coach Marc Wilmots.

Ahead of their penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier away to Mali on Friday evening, the Elephants have been stripped of several key players.

Gervinho, Seydou Doumbia, Jean-Michael Seri, Adama Traore, Max Gradel and Wilfried Zaha are all out due to injury, while even the recalled Wilfried Bony is a doubt.

“I prefer to have the whole of my [selection] because there are players who have tremendous quality,” Wilmots told RFI.

“It is not necessary to say if you have Seydou Doumbia, Bony, Gervinho, Jean-Michael Seri, it is still players of quality.

“We do not replace quality players like that. We can not say that Ivory Coast has a nucleus with 250 players.”

The Belgian tactician added, “Obviously, it’s annoying. But I’m not a coach who complains. I make the observation and I go forward. I just made a statement.

“Since we started, there have been a lot of injuries. We put a medical service to help all the players, to work with the clubs, the little knocks that are there.

“How to care for them, how to be professional to try not to have them. That is what we are putting in place. But it’s a long-term job with the clubs.”



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Ivory Coast coach Wilmots wary of Gabon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Sep 01, 2017. 14:30


Ivory Coast head coach Marc Wilmots says he respects Gabon even without their captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The Borussia Dortmund forward was left out of the Gabon squad that will face Ivory Coast in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group C qualifiers.

The Panthers of Gabon will host Ivory Coast’s Elephants at the Stade de Franceville in Franceville on Saturday.

”Our goal is to make a good match with a good result,” Wilmots said on NPA News.

“I watched the last game of Gabon against Mali, without Aubameyang.

The return leg match will be played at the Stade Bouake in Bouake, Ivory Coast next week Tuesday.

“It’s a good team that kept the Malians high. With or without Aubameyang,” the Belgian tactician added.

“We respect Gabon. And then, I also have absentees.”

Ivory Coast will be without injured duo Wilfried Zaha and Jonathan Kodja.



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Transfer window should close long before internationals – Wilmots – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Bertin Basson

Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. 21:00


Marc Wilmots, the coach of the Ivory Coast national team, says the transfer window should close well before any international matches to ensure that there are no selection issues.

The Belgian tactician is busy preparing his Elephants side for crucial back-to-back 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Gabon on September 2 and 5.

Yet he is still without a key player in the shape of defender Simon Deli, who is busy trying to complete a pending transfer from Czech club Slavia Prague.

“I am in constant contact with the players who have to stay in their club, since Simon Deli has not received permission from Slavia Prague to join us,” Wilmots is quoted by Linfodrome.

“So this is a situation that is still pending. I find it very unfortunate that the transfers continue until 31 August.

“At the mental level of the players, these are contracts for their life from time to time. And it will be Thursday at midnight that everything will be decided. We have a match two days later.

“To put all this in place, I preferred that everything be settled before we start the national teams.

“I speak on behalf of all managers, not just for me, because the problem is everywhere. We have to think about this problem at FIFA level.”



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Marc Wilmots calls for patience after poor start with Ivory Coast – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jun 13, 2017. 15:00


Following a disastrous start to his tenure with the Ivory Coast national team, coach Marc Wilmots has called for patience.

The Belgian’s first two games in charge of the Elephants have brought a 5-0 loss to the Netherlands in a friendly and a 3-2 home defeat at the hands of Guinea in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier this past weekend.

Naturally the pressure is now on the Belgian ahead of the resumption of 2018 World Cup qualifiers in August and September, but Wilmots is hopeful that Ivorians remain calm after his poor start.

“There is no need to be alarmed. We lost a battle and not the war. It’s a four-way championship [AFCON qualifying group] that is just beginning,” Wilmots told CAF’s official website.

“This is our first official game. The team is young and undergoing reconstruction. It will increase in power.

“I ask the Ivorians to be a little patient. If Guinea could beat us here, nothing says we can not beat her at home.”

The Elephants’ next competitive matches will be a double-header against Gabon in Group C of the Russia 2018 qualifiers.



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