France’s former world-class midfielder Alain Giresse quit his post as coach of Gabon in May. The 56-year-old an¬nounced his immediate resignation following the 2-0 defeat to Cameroon, out of fear for his own safety. However, Giresse, coach of Gabon since March 2006, has reversed his decision. “The government persuaded me to stay,” he explained in an interview with a French newspaper. “Their strong sup¬port touched me and showed me that my work in Gabon is appreciated.” Giresse’s team will meet Libya, Ghana and Lesotho in the preliminary com¬petition for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™.