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29.10.2008 Africa

Ancelotti eyes future in Africa

By The Statesman

AC Milan Coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that he would like to be in charge of an African country at the 2010 World Cup.

The 48-year-old, who has participated in three World Cups, is keen on playing a role at the 2010 event to be held in South Africa.

Ancelotti is contracted to the Italian side until 2010 but insists he wants to be involved in the World Cup in two years' time.

"I would like to coach an African national side at the 2010 World Cup,' Ancelotti said.

'I took part in the 1986 and 1990 World Cups as a player and in 1994 as assistant to (Arrigo) Sacchi and there is a fascinating atmosphere which I would like to experience again.

'Africa is producing talented players - players from that continent have great technical and physical resources.

'Maybe they are just lacking a bit of organisation, but maybe I can arrive and put things right, no?'

Ancelotti led Milan to the Champions League in 2003 and 2007 and the Serie A title in 2004 after joining them in 2001 from Juventus.

As a player, he helped the AC Milan to two Serie A titles and two European Cups, and he is one of only five men to have won the Champions League as both a player and a coach.

In 2007, he signed two-year contract extension to keep him at Milan BBC