Alain Giresse has been appointed the new head coach of
The 60-year-old Frenchman replaces Joseph Koto, who was removed from the post after the Lions failed to qualify for this year's African Cup of Nations.
Giresse will be in charge of the Lions for the next two years, with qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in
"Giresse is the coach who best meets the criteria defined by the
"He has a proven track record at the highest level in
Giresse has previously coached
Cote d'Ivoire sealed qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, despite a 1-1 draw in the second leg of its play-off with Senegal.