Frenchman, Alain Giresse has returned for a second spell as Mali coach having being picked ahead of Nigerian Stephen Keshi and TP Mazembe boss, Patrice Carteron.
The 62-year-old succeeds Henry Kasperczak, who quit the position after Mali’s first-round exit at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Equatorial Guinea.
The former France international was head coach of the Eagles from 2010 and 2012, when the West Africans finished third in the Equatorial Guinea/Gabon finals. He quit soon after the tournament, rejecting new contract terms.
At the 2015 Cup of Nations, Senegal- under the tutelage of Giresse- also failed to advance beyond the group stages. He had been coach of the Teranga Lions for the last two years.
His first assignment in his second spell will be to prepare the side for the start of the 2017 Afcon qualifiers in June.