Frenchman Alain Giresse has been appointed new Mali coach following his sacking from the same role on the Senegal national football team two weeks ago.
The Mali football federation confirmed his signing to the media.
Giresse returns as Mali Coach having been in charge of the same side in 2012, which he led to a third place finish at the 2012 Africa Cup of nations.
The 62-year-old succeeds Henry Kasperczak, who resigned after the Eagles’ first-round exit at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Giresse failed to progress with the Teranga Lions of Senegal from a tough group which included South Africa, Algeria and eventual runners up Ghana.
His contract was terminated following Senegal’s departure from the tournament, opening up the possibility for him to return to Mali.
The former French international now has a task of preparing prepare his new team for the upcoming qualification campaigns for the 2017 AFCON and 2018 World Cup.
The first qualifying matches for those tournaments will begin in June and October respectively.
The Mali football authorities were said to have been considering Stephen Keshi and Patrice Cateron, alongside Giresse, but latter won the run reuniting with his former team on a two-year deal.