The former coach of Cote d’Ivoire first division club ASEC Mimosas, Mamadou Zare, passed away on 3 May at a medical centre in Abidjan at the age of 45 following a long illness. With roots in Burkina Faso, Zare had played for ASEC Mimosas in midfield and central defence before becoming a coach. As a player, he won three league championships, the first in 1980, following by consecutives titles in 1990 and 1991 under the guidance of French coach Philippe Troussier. He was also capped by the Cote d’Ivoire during the 1980s. As a coach, he was in charge at ASEC Mimosas in 1995 and 1996. he led the club to a domestic league and cup double in 1995 as well as a place in the final of the African Club Champions Cup where they finished runners-up to Orlando Pirates of South Africa. Zare also coached various other top flight clubs in Cote d’Ivoire including Stade d’Abidjan, Sabe Sport de Bouna, Sewe de San Pedro and Issa Wazi. When Burkina Faso hosted the African Cup of Nations in 1998, he served under Troussier as assistant coach of the home team.