Michel takes charge at Equatorial Guinea
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Former France coach Henri Michel has signed a 13-month contract to coach Equatorial Guinea, co-hosts of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Michel put pen to paper on a deal which many thought would have gone to compatriot Philippe Troussier, who had been in negotiations with the country's football authorities.

My ambition is to see a successful organisation of the Africa Cup of Nations and the challenge is to create a solid team.
Henri Michel, Equatorial Guinea coach

"The duration of Michel's contract is 13 months, until just after the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (which is being co-hosted by Gabon)," said minister of sport Ruslan Obiang.

"My ambition is to see a successful organisation of the Africa Cup of Nations and the challenge is to create a solid team," said Michel, who has replaced Paraguayen Carlos Lobo Diarte at the helm.