Sebastien Migne named Congo boss ahead of African Nations Cup qualifiers

Congo have named Sebastien Migne as their new coach ahead of their 2019 African Nations Cup qualification campaign.

Migne served as assistant to Claude le Roy during his tenures with Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo and most recently Togo at the Nations Cup finals in Gabon.

The French coach replaces Pierre Lechantre, who left the Congo job after losing World Cup qualifiers in October and November to Egypt and Uganda.

The 44-year-old will be looking to follow in the footsteps of another of Le Roy's former assistants in Herve Renard, who has since won two Nations Cup titles and is a candidate to take over as the new South Africa coach.

Renard has been approached to take over the South Africa job after Carlos Queiroz was unable to get a release from his contract with Iran.

Ghana and Ivory Coast are two countries who have called for candidates in recent weeks as they seek to fill vacancies.

Other in search of coaches are Algeria, Angola, Botswana, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

Last month, Ethiopia appointed Ashenfai Bekele as their new coach to replace Gebremedhin Haile while Rwanda have appointed Antoine Hey, whose salary will be subsidised by the German Football Association.

Gustavo Clemente has returned to the helm of the national team of Sao Tome e Principe, where he will be assisted by Edson Bragança and Nelson Diogo.

The tiny Sao Tome, among the continent's worst performing teams, play later this month in one of three preliminary round knockout matches against Madagascar, who also have a new coach in Nicolas Dupuis, whose previous experience is restricted to the semi-professional ranks in France.

Djibouti, who also participate in the preliminary round of qualifiers later this month, named Moussa Ghassoum as their new coach at the start of the year.

Ghassoum is a former national team coach of his native Mauritania and part-time instructor for the Confederation of African Football.

There will be three playoff matches to mark the start of the 2019 Nations Cup preliminaries but the majority of countries begin their group campaign in June.