Eriksson appointed Cote d'Ivoire coach for World Cup

15:30, March 29, 2010      

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Former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson was appointed Sunday to lead Cote d'Ivoire to the World Cup in South Africa.

Souleymane Alex Bamba, a member of Cote d'Ivoire's Football Federation (FIF), made the live announcement on national television exactly one month after FIF president Jacques Anouma fired the previous coach, Vahid Halilhodzic.

Cote d'Ivoire, led by Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, are in Group G with Brazil, Portugal and DPR Korea at the World Cup.

Halilhodzic was sacked after a disappointing performance at the African Cup of Nations earlier this year, when the team lost in the quarterfinals to Algeria. Halilhodzic won 23 consecutive matches before the loss to Algeria.

Eriksson took England to the last two World Cups and reached the quarterfinals in 2002 and 2006, and being knocked out by Brazil and Portugal, before ending his stint as the country's first foreign manager.

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