Senegal football federation (FSF) on Wednesday appointed Frenchman Alain Giresse as the new coach of the national team, handing him the daunting task of qualifying the Teranga Lions for the 2014 Fifa World Cup and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco.
The 60-year-old former Gabon and Mali coach was on a shortlist of three candidates that included former SC Freiburg manager Volker Finke and Senegal former captain and onetime coach of the Olympic team Aliou Cisse.
Giresse turned down a one-year deal and €25,000 monthly salary proposal from the Libyan football federation, opting for the talent-rich West African team where he would earn €20,000 per month, bonuses not included.
Senegal fired Joseph Koto last October for failing to secure a ticket for the outfit to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Giresse, a former midfielder with Bordeaux, Marseille and France national team, began his coaching career at French side Toulouse in 1995, before moving on to Paris Saint Germain.
Senegal will be his fourth national team after Georgia (2004 and 2005), Gabon (2006-2010) and Mali (2010-2012).