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Alain Giresse spell at the helm of Gabon is over

Gabon coach Alain Giresse with Gabon players during the Nations Cup
Giresse's four year spell in charge of Gabon has ended

Gabon will not renew the contract of coach Alain Giresse after he failed to lead the Panthers beyond the group stages at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The 54-year-old Frenchman is the latest coaching victim of the recently completed finals in Angola after Benin, Mali and Nigeria all made changes.

Giresse had been in charge of Gabon for four years.

He took the Panthers to the top of their World Cup qualifying group at the halfway stage.

That was before two defeats to Cameroon saw them miss out on a berth at the 2010 finals in South Africa.

Gabon gained a measure of revenge by beating Cameroon 1-0 in Lubango at the start of the Nations Cup.

Then they drew with Tunisia and lost to Zambia, going out after a count back of goals scored.

Gabon are co-hosting the next Nations Cup finals with Equatorial Guinea in 2012.

The President of the country's football federation, Placide Engandzas told the Gabonews agency that 12 candidates had been approached as possible replacements during a recent visit to Europe.

"The future coach will have to be someone who has played football at a high level and has the same ambitions as us," Engandzas said.

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Gabon 0-0 Tunisia
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Cameroon 0-1 Gabon
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