October 5, 2017 / 4:14 PM / 9 months ago

Kolo Toure named as assistant coach for Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Former Ivory Coast international Kolo Toure has been appointed as an assistant coach for the national team, the Ivorian Football Federation said on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: Ivorian soccer player Kolo Toure of Celtic FC attends the national funeral ceremony of Ivorian soccer player Cheick Tiote, a former Newcastle midfielder who died during training at his Chinese club Beijing Enterprise, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast June 18, 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon/Files

It is the third appointment in a matter of weeks for the 36-year-old since he announced the end of his playing career.

Toure is on the coaching staff at his last club Celtic and was previously named assistant coach of the Ivorian A team, their side made up of locally-based players.

He will be on the bench alongside Belgian coach Marc Wilmots for the Ivory Coast’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Mali in Bamako on Friday.

The Ivorians have a one point lead in their group with two games still to play.

Toure, whose career included spells at Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool, played at the last three World Cups for the Ivory Coast.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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