Senegal captain Mamadou Niang spurns Teranga Lions call-up

It is unclear whether the Teranga Lions captain will be available for the upcoming Fifa World Cup qualifiers after asking former coach to give the younger generation a chance

Senegal captain Mamadou Niang is yet to officially announce his retirement from his national team but might be doing so soon. He earlier told former coach Frenchman Pierre Lechantre that he was not interested in taking part in the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying set for early June when contacted.

The former Marseille striker’s simple reason was to give the younger generation a chance to contribute to the development of the west African nation’s football.

Local analysts had severely criticised former coach Amara Troare for “blindly” counting on Niang for goals instead of trying out younger strikers. Senegal were eliminated from the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in the group phase without winning a single game.

Assistant coach Joseph Koto is now the caretaker of the outfit after the former Cameroon coach declined to head the team.