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By ESPN Staff

Giresse named as new coach of Gabon

PARIS, March 4 (Reuters) - Former France midfielder Alain Giresse has been named coach of Gabon's national team, the Gabon Football Association said on its website on Saturday.

Giresse replaces Brazilian World Cup winner Jairzinho, who was sacked last September after a series of poor results.

Giresse, 53, partnered Michel Platini in the France side that reached the semi-finals of the 1982 and 1986 World Cups. He coached Georgia from 2001 to 2005.

No details of his contract were immediately available.