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Mark Wilmots quits Elephants after World Cup failure

Ivory Coast are on the lookout for a new head coach after Mark Wilmots left the post in the wake of the Elephants' failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

The former Belgium international and coach only took the job six months ago, replacing Michael Dussuyer, but along with the Ivorian Football Federation has now "amicably agreed to end their collaboration".

This comes after Ivory Coast lost 2-0 to Morocco in Abidjan on Saturday to miss out on top spot in Group C -- and ultimately a ticket to...

Where was African World Cup qualification won and lost?

Africa's World Cup qualifying campaign is almost over, with only two more matches to play and all five of the continent's representatives in Russia already decided.

Over the last year, we've been treated to a fascinating tangle between Africa's top sides, with Nigeria, Senegal and Egypt securing their spots in Russia with a game to spare, and Morocco and Tunisia booking their tickets in their final fixtures.

In this feature, KweséESPN review the African qualifying campaign in its entirety and...

Top Five: Disappointments of the African World Cup qualifying campaign

KweséESPN picks out the five biggest African disappointments of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Marc Wilmots was appointed by the Ivory Coast charged with helping the Elephants bounce back from their dismal Africa Cup of Nations title defence.

Unfortunately for the Elephants, the Belgian coach just oversaw a further slump for the West African giants, and his job now appears to be under threat.

Despite boasting one of the most talented squads in the continent, Wilmots oversaw just one win...

Picking an African dream team of World Cup absentees

Africa's World Cup representatives will all head to Russia confident that they can make an impact, but while several of the continent's top names will be part of the tournament, many have been left behind.

The quintet who have secured their spots at the global high table - Nigeria, Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal - may be among the continent's strongest teams and best organised units, but they boast relatively few of Africa's genuine superstars.

Indeed, only a third of the players named in CAF's...

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Morocco beat Ivory Coast to secure World Cup return

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Morocco ended their two-decade wait for a World Cup ticket by beating Ivory Coast 2-0 in Abidjan on Saturday to secure top spot in Group C.

The Atlas Lions just needed to avoid defeat in order to book their place in Russia, but took all three points after Nabil Dirar and Medhi Benatia struck twice in the space of five first-half minutes to heap further misery on under-pressure Elephants coach Marc Wilmots.

The result took them up to 12 points, four clear of the Ivorians in second place, confirming...