French appoint Desailly as African ambassador
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Marcel Desailly is to take on a role as an ambassador to Africa for the French Football Federation (FFF), the body's chairman Noel Le Graet has announced.

Ghanaian-born Desailly, a star of the 1998 FIFA World Cup™-winning French side, "will be placed in charge of representing the federation in Africa - I see him as an ambassador, though he does not like this term," said Le Graet.

Le Graet revealed that recent bad publicity over the briefly mooted introduction of quotas for young players with dual-nationality had hurt France's sporting prestige and the appointment of Desailly was intended to help counteract that.

"It is about transmitting an image of a more generous France than in recent times and Marcel offered a measured (response) during the quotas and dual-nationality affair and I appreciated that," said Le Graet.

Meanwhile, the FFF also announced the appointment of former international Willy Sagnol as "manager of national sides" through to youth level for both boys and girls.