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Two-Man Race For Congo-Brazzaville Coaching Job

The new Red Devils coach will be announced on Wednesday and the Congo Football Federation (Fecofoot) have concluded talks with the two men on the shortlist.

Fecofoot received 62 applications since Barthélémy Ngastono was sacked in March and as things stand at the moment, Frenchman Alain Giresse and Belgian Paul Put are the last men standing.

Dutch legend Clarence Seedorf and current Botswana coach Andre Amrouche were among the applicants.

Belgian coach Hugo Broos was a firm favourite among members of the Fecofoot technical committee in the early stages of the search for a new coach, but was snapped up by South Africa for Bafana Bafana coaching job.

On Saturday, Fecofoot announced the conclusion of talks with the two men and informed the media that the new Red Devils coach will be known in the next few days.

Giresse is believed to be the strong favourite as besides putting his hand up and telling Fecofoot he is available to take over at a moment’s notice.

The former France international has a wealth of experience in Africa having coached Gabon,Mali,Senegal and Tunisia.

Put is a coach who has been linked with the Red Devils job on many occasions, and also has some good continental pedigree having led Burkina Faso to the runner-up position at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.

The Belgian, however, was two years ago banned for life by Guinea Football Federation for allegedly breaching the institution’s code of ethics and its code of discipline.

Congo-Brazzaville are set to participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in June where they will meet Togo, Tunisia and Namibia in Group H.

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