Fifty-four coaches vying for Senegal post

Around 54 coaches have applied to succeed Amara Traore as head coach of the Teranga Lions

The Senegal Football Federation (FSF) announced on Tuesday that it had received 54 applications for the post of head coach of the national team, which is currently being handled by interim trainers Karim Sega and Aliou Cisse, after Amara Traore was fired in the wake of a disastrous 2012 Africa Cup of Nations campaign.

A small group of experts at the body is currently scrutinising the CVs and priority will be given to past records, experience in both international and African football, charisma needed to handle the team’s talents and a laid out vision on how to develop the country’s football, the FSF said.

“If we discover a profile, whether nationally or international, that suits us, we will not hesitate to invite that person, even if he did not apply for the job,” the FSF chief Augustin Senghor told reporters in Dakar.

Recently reappointed Cagliari coach Massimo Ficcadenti and former Bordeaux and Sainte-Etienne manager Elie Baup have publicly declared that they applied for the job.