Ivory Coast axes coach before World Cup
Ivorian Football Federation close to naming Halilhodzic's successor
Ivory Coast soccer coach Vahid Halilhodzic has been fired because of the team's disappointing performance at the African Cup of Nations.
Ivorian Football Federation president Jacques Anouma made the announcement late Saturday on the state-owned television station.
Anouma says a new coach will be announced in the coming days for this summer's World Cup in South Africa.
Ivory Coast failed to reach the African Cup semifinals in Angola earlier this year.
Halilhodzic took over after Uli Stielike of Germany was fired following a fourth-place finish at the African Cup two years ago.