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Lamouchi takes Ivory Coast post

May 28, 2012
By ESPN staff

Sabri Lamouchi has replaced Francois Zahoui as Ivory Coast coach, the country's football federation (the FIF) has announced.

Sabri Lamouchi
GettyImagesSabri Lamouchi won 12 caps for France

Former France midfielder Lamouchi has no previous coaching experience but has been asked to take over after Zahoui was relieved of his duties on Monday

A statement from the FIF read: "The Ivorian Football Federation informs that Mr Sabri Lamouchi has been named trainer and selector of the national team, replacing Mr Francois Zahoui.

"The FIF executive committee would like to express their thanks to Mr Francois Zahoui for his work during his time in charge of the Elephants.''

Lamouchi's playing career brought Ligue 1 titles with Auxerre and Monaco in his native France before leaving for Italy, where he won a Coppa Italia with Parma and also played for Inter Milan and Genoa. He then returned home to Marseille before finishing his career in Qatar.

The 40-year-old won 12 caps for his country and was a member of their Euro 96 squad in England.