Contrasting cultures and form will clash on Monday night in Yamoussoukro when hosts Côte d'Ivoire play the defending champions Senegal for a place in the last eight of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
Jean-Louis Gasset, the head coach, departed hours before Côte d'Ivoire gained a place in the knockout stages as one of the four best third-placed teams as his bosses at the Ivorian football federation (Fif) scrabbled for a replacement.
An attempt failed to draft in their 2015 title-winning coach Hervé Renard “on loan” from the France women’s team for the rest of the Cup of Nations. Renard's employers - the Federations football francaise - rebuffed the idea.
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