Senegal coach face uncertain future after shock exit

The Senegalese federation will discuss the future of coach Amara Traore after the Teranga Lions' final group game at the Cup of Nations against Libya.
Traore is keen to continue as Senegal coach despite the shock exit

Senegal's Football Federation says an "evaluation" will determine coach Amara Traore's future after the Africa Cup of Nations.

Senegal were among this year's top favourites but are going home early after two defeats in as many games.

Co-hosts Equatorial Guinea defeated the Teranga Lions 2-1 on Wednesday, to follow a similar defeat by Zambia.

Federation president Augustin Senghor says it is too early to speculate on Traore's future.

"It is premature to speak about this issue now," Senghor said. "He should be given time to finish the tournament. He has a contract so it is not in place now to discuss whether he is going to be sacked or maintained," Senghor added

"He is the coach at this Nations Cup and after the tournament he holds a contract which still keeps him in his job. Everything will be determined after an evaluation.

"He was given an objective for the tournament, but this is not the time to make negative comments.

"A report will be submitted after the tournament from which the federation's executive will decide whether to keep him on or fire him."

Traore, who had signed a three-year contract last month after a protracted negotiation with the Senegalese federation and the Sport Ministry, has also expressed his intention to continue in the job.

"I would like to continue, but the decision is not up to me," Traore said.

"This is a young squad which is still being built and needs to mature.

"I have no reason to blame my players, who played well and created countless chances. The ball simply did not want to go in."

Senegal, who have never won the Nations Cup, will finish their Group A campaign when playing Libya on Sunday.

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