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Gili rejects Ivory Coast job despite win over Italy

Ivory Coast's Kolo Toure in action against Italy
Kolo Toure socred the winner for Ivory Coast against Italy

Frenchman Gerard Gili has turned down the chance to become the next coach of the Ivory Coast.

Negotiations broke down because Gili wanted to bring his own coaching team, while the Ivorian Federation wanted him to build a team with local coaches.

Interim coach Francois Zahoui who over saw the Elephant's 1-0 victory over Italy, is not in the running for the post either.

Kolo Toure scored the only goal of the game with a second-half header.

Zahoui, former Elephants midfielder watched his side defeat an experimental Italian side in his first game in charge and at the end of the game ruled himself out of the job on a permanent basis.

"It is important to remember that I am in this position only until the federation decides what to do," Zahoui said after Tuesday's game.

"I work for the youth team and I am only in charge for this international game," he stated.

Zahoui was put in charge after Sven-Goran Eriksson and the Ivorian FA failed to reach an agreement of the Swede to continue after the World Cup.

The Ivory Coast Football Federation, FIF, want to appoint a a foreign coach who will command the respect of some it's influential players like Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou.

I am very proud to have beaten this Italy team. It was a very strong side and it was important for us to win

Francois Zahoui

Zahoui for his part, said the team had done him proud in the match against Italy, dominating the game held at the London home ground of Premier League club West Ham for long periods, although Italy defender Marco Motta hit the post.

"I am very proud to have beaten this Italy team. It was a very strong side and it was important for us to win," Zahoui added.

Zahoui was missing Didier Drogba as the Chelsea striker has yet to fully recover from a groin operation, but forwards Salomon Kalou, Gervinho and Seydou Doumbia gave a new-look Italian backline no end of problems.

The Elephants' defence was rarely troubled by Italy's debutants up front, with Brazil-born Amauri, Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli - the latter two controversially omitted from the World Cup - ending with nothing to show for their efforts.

Italy were coming off the back of a dismal World Cup and their new boss, Cesare Prandelli, was keen to draw a line under the Marcello Lippi era.

But Zahoui said the future was bright for Italy under the former Fiorentina coach

"It was probably the last bad World Cup they will have because they are very strong. I think everything is going to be fine," he added.

The FIF want a new coach in place before the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers begin in early September and former Marseille manager Gerard Gili had been the frontrunner for the position.

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Ivory Coast in talks with Gili
08 Aug 10 |  African
Drogba not ready for Ivory Coast
06 Aug 10 |  African
Bamba punished for delayed return
26 Jul 10 |  Hibernian
Drogba undergoes groin operation
24 Jul 10 |  Chelsea
Man City can be big - Yaya Toure
21 Jul 10 |  African
Manchester City sign Yaya Toure
02 Jul 10 |  Man City
Eriksson proud of departing team
25 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010

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