Lechantre appointed Senegal coach

Pierre Lechantre
Pierre Lechantre led Cameroon to the 2000 Nations Cup title

Former Africa Cup of Nations winner Pierre Lechantre has been appointed the new coach of Senegal.

Lechantre got the nod ahead of French compatriot Bruno Metsu, who led the Senegalese to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals.

Lechantre replaces Amara Traore, who was fired after a disastrous Nations Cup earlier this year.

The Teranga Lions were one of the pre-tournament favourites but lost all three of their first round games.

The 62-year-old has previously coached Cameroon, leading them to the 2000 Nations Cup and Olympic titles.

He has also coached Mali's Eagles but with little success.

Lechantre's other national coaching post was in Qatar and he last worked with Qatari club Al Arabi.

The Frenchman has vowed to put his own imprint on Senegalese football as the country seeks to reach the dizzy heights of 2002.

Lechantre faces his first competitive match on 2 June against Liberia in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.

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