English Premier League title-winning coach Claudio Ranieri has been shortlisted for the vacant position of the Guinea national team head coach.
The Italian, who managed Chelsea between 2000 and 2004, was among 87 applicants for the role and is one of 17 coaches to be interviewed by the Guinea Football Federation.
In a list released by the Guinea football federation (Feguifoot), the 67-year-old is scheduled to be interviewed in Conakry on Thursday.
Ranieri is arguably the most successful of the 17 candidates and comes with a rich Cv having managed Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Monaco among other clubs in a 33-year management career with the greatest achievement being in winning the English Premiership with Leicester City.
Other names on the shortlist include former Algeria coach Georges Leekens, Florent Ibenge who led DR Congo in the 2019 AFCON, former Gabon boss Paulo Duarte, ex-Togo coach Didier Six and Francois Zahoui.
The new coach will succeed Paul Put who was dismissed after Guinea were knocked out of the recent Africa Cup of Nations by Algeria at the round of 16 stage.
Put was subsequently banned for life from all football-related activities in Guinea after he was found guilty of allegedly breaching the institution's code of ethics and its code of discipline.
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