Stielike offered job of Ivory Coast coach

September 12, 2006

ABIDJAN, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Former Germany international and Real Madrid player Uli Stielike has been offered the job of Ivory Coast coach.

FA officials said Stielike was expected to travel to the main city Abidjan to sign a two-year contract on Thursday.

Former West Germany defender Juergen Kohler last month turned down an offer to coach the national side because of his wife's concerns for safety in the war-divided country.

The Ivorian football federation said Kohler had signed with the intent of getting the team to the 2008 African Nations Cup finals but pulled out at the last minute.

The former French colony has been split into a rebel-held north and government-controlled south since an attempted coup sparked a brief 2002-2003 civil war.

Most fighting has stopped, but political demonstrations periodically bring Abidjan to a standstill, sparking occasional bouts of street violence.

Frenchman Henri Michel quit as Ivory Coast coach after taking the team to the World Cup finals in June.