Metsu burial takes place in Senegal

Bruno Metsu's widow Viviane Dieye Metsu (right)

The burial of Bruno Metsu took place in Senegal on Monday, with President Macky Sall among a host of people who paid tribute to the Frenchman.

Former Senegal national team coach Metsu died from cancer aged just 59 and was laid to rest in Dakar.

Sall described the Frenchman Metsu, who led Senegal to the 2002 World Cup quarter-finals, as "an example of humanity and virtue".

He also called him a "hero among Senegalese heroes".

"In this time of grief and sorrow for our country, I would like to express the ineffable compassion of the Senegalese nation," Sall said.

Leeds United forward El Hadji Diouf and former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Khalilou Fadiga were among a number of past and present footballers at the ceremony at a hospital in the capital.

Wellwishers waved posters of the coach and wore T-shirts bearing the message "Thank you Metsu" outside the funeral, attended by his widow Viviane Dieye Metsu (pictured )and his children, as well as leading Senegalese politicians.

"Today, a true Lion went to sleep," the president said, in a reference to Senegal's nickname, the Lions of Teranga.

Metsu's coffin was draped in the Senegalese flag and the green flag of Islam, a religion to which the coach converted several years ago, taking the name Abdou Karim Metsu.