Claudio Ranieri misses out as Guinea name new head coach
Claudio Ranieri misses out as Guinea name new head coach

Claudio Ranieri misses out as Guinea name new head coach

Former Chelsea and Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has been beaten to the Guinea national team head coach job by Didier Six.

Six, a former Togo and Mauritius manager is expected to sign a three year deal with the West Africa nation and will hope that he can take the team to the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2022 World Cup.

The 65-year-old Frenchman was among the six selected by Guinea in their final shortlist as they looked to replaced Paul put who was shown the door after a disastrous 2019 AFCON campaign.

Put was subsequently banned for life from all football-related activities in Guinea by Feguifoot after he was found guilty of allegedly breaching the institution's code of ethics and its code of discipline.

Other names

Apart from Ranieri and Six, the other names that had made it to the final list included, Kanfory Lappé Bangoura, Raoul Savoy from Switzerland, Ivorian François Zahoui and his compatriot Daniel Bréard.

Six is no stranger to African football, having led Togo to the quarter-finals of the Nations Cup in 2013.

As a player, he played across Europe in his native France, England, Germany, Turkey, and Belgium. He played for France at the 1978 and 1982 World Cup tournaments.

Guinea is in a tricky qualifying Group A for the Nations Cup tournament alongside Mali, Namibia, and Liberia or Chad. The Syli Nationale will open their campaign at home against West African rivals Mali on 11 November.

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