AFCON 2023: Why Sacked Jean Louis Gasset Will Not Receive a Medal if Ivory Coast Wins Tournament

AFCON 2023: Why Sacked Jean Louis Gasset Will Not Receive a Medal if Ivory Coast Wins Tournament

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Ivory Coast will face Nigeria on Sunday in the final of AFCON 2023
  • The Elephants sacked Jean-Louis Gasset in the middle of AFCON
  • The French tactician will not be a recipient of a medal on Sunday

French coach Jean-Louis Gasset will not receive a medal if Ivory Coast emerges victorious against Nigeria in the final of the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.

Gasset started the journey with the Elephants but was sacked after the first round with Ivory Coast on the brink of elimination.

The Ivorian FA decided to part ways with the gaffer following a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea in the final Group A game.

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Jean-Lean Gasset leading Ivory Coast in the game against Guinea Bissau at AFCON. Credit: @CAF_Online
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He was replaced by assistant coach Emerse Fae after it was confirmed that the host nation would progress as one of the best third-placed teams at the tournament.

Under Fae, Ivory Coast have defied all odds by reaching the final after eliminating champions Senegal on penalties, before beating Mali in the quarter-final with ten men. The two-time champions then beat DR Congo in the semi-final with ex-West Ham United forward Sebastien Haller netting the winner.

Should Ivory Coast go on to claim the title, Fae's boss, Gasset will not receive a medal according to the tournament's rules, as spotted on CAF Online.

The Frenchman resigned after a mutual agreement with the Ivorian FA, and at the time of his departure, the Elephants were not sure of their fate in the tournament.

Ivory Coast will hope to avenge the defeat suffered at the hands of Nigeria in the group stage when the two sides meet on Sunday in Ebimpe, as reported by Sky Sports.

Gasset picks favourite ahead of AFCON final

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that sacked Ivory Coast coach Jean-Louis Gasset picked between the AFCON host and then Super Eagles of Nigeria ahead of the final on Sunday.

This crunch match, which would see the winner of the enthralling tournament crowned, features two teams, who previously met in the group stages, locking horns once more.

A host of Ivorian players and stakeholders have continued to dub this rematch as their chance for redemption, as talks and discussions surrounding this fixture echo throughout the continent's footballing landscape.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.