CONAKRY (Reuters) – Former Arsenal, Olympique de Marseille and Paris Saint Germain striker Kaba Diawara has been named Guinea coach for next month’s Africa Cup of Nations finals, the country’s football association said on Monday.
Diawara, 45, was caretaker coach for Guinea’s last two World Cup qualifiers last month after Didier Six was sacked in the middle of the campaign only months away from the start of the Cup of Nations, which kicks off on Jan. 9.
Paris-born Diawara, who also played at Girondins Bordeaux and West Ham United, has no previous coaching experience apart from serving as Six’s assistant.
Guinea compete in Group B at the tournament in Cameroon and begin their campaign against Malawi in Bafoussam on Jan. 10, after which they are due to meet Senegal and Zimbabwe.
Diawara played for Guinea at the 2006 Cup of Nations finals in Egypt where they reached the quarter-finals.
(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Ken Ferris)