Senegal coach Amara Traore agrees new contract

Senegal coach Amara Traore
Senegal coach Amara Traore has agreed to extend his contract with the Teranga Lions

The Senegal Football Federation (FSF) has agreed to extend the expired contract of coach Amara Traore.

The deal comes just five weeks before the Teranga Lions play at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Minister of Sports Abdoulaye Diop Makhtar must now approve the deal before the coach signs the extension.

"The FSF has asked the Ministry of Sports to decide on proposals we have made for the extension of the contract of the coach," the FSF said.

"The FSF has reached an agreement of contract renewal and as it is the country who pays the coach it will have to decide."

The 46-year-old took over the squad two years ago and has revamped the squad with talented youngsters.

Senegal, who have endured dressing room divisions in the past, edged past Cameroon to qualify for the 2012 finals under Traore.

This comes after the Teranga Lions failed qualify for the 2010 edition in Angola under previous coach Lamine Ndiaye.

Traore, a former player, coached first division ASC Linguere de St-Louis to the title in 2008 before he was appointed to the post.

He is expected to lead the squad to the Cup of Nations.