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Frenchman Renard new Ivory Coast coach

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ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) Ivory Coast turned to the man who masterminded one of its most painful defeats by appointing Frenchman Herve Renard as its new coach on a four-year contract on Thursday.

Renard was in charge of underdog Zambia when it upset the Ivorians in the final of the African Cup of Nations two years ago, and now takes over the talent-filled West African squad after the disappointing group-stage exit at the World Cup under fellow Frenchman Sabri Lamouchi.

The 45-year-old Renard's last job was with French club Sochaux, which was relegated from the top flight under him last season, but he has strong credentials in Africa.

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