Bruno Metsu and Pierre Lechantre top Senegal coach shortlist

Both Bruno Metsu and Pierre Lechantre are heading the four-man shortlist to succeed Amara Traore who was sacked following a dismal 2012 Afcon showing

Former Senegal coach Bruno Metsu and 2000 Africa Cup of Nations-winning coach Pierre Lechantre have emerged as frontrunners in a long list of 60 applicants vying for the job of Senegal coach.

The Senegal press agency, APS on Friday said the two Frenchmen were on top of a final list of four candidates from which the football federation will single out the successful applicant.

The FA’s chief Augustin Senghor said on Tuesday that the new coach would likely be announced next week and that he was sure a French-speaking person would be picked.

Lechantre, 62, is presently the manager of Qatari club Al Arabi. He has also coached Mali, Cameroon, and a number of north African clubs.

Metsu, 58, led the Teranga Lions to a historic showing in quarterfinals of the 2002 Fifa World Cup in Japan and Korea. He has also applied for Cote D’Ivoire’s job.

Senegal former coach Amara Traore was dismissed after his squad crashed out of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in the group stage.