Frenchman Alain Giresse has gone back on his decision to quit as coach of Gabon over security fears in the wake of his side's 2-0 loss to Cameroon.
"It's the government that made me stay," Giresse, who was named Gabon coach in March 2006, told Friday's edition of France Football magazine.
"It's a strong signal, a touching sign: the work I've done is appreciated. We'll finalise the contract," said the former international who was part of the great midfield along with Michel Platini and Jean Tigana which helped France capture the EURO 1984 title.
Gabon's loss, after having beaten Cameroon 2-1 in the first leg, means they will not play in the first African Nations championships in Côte d'Ivoire .
But Giresse will be on board to head the team as it plays Libya, Ghana and Lesotho in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.