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One of the most successful coaches in African football history sadly passed away

The French coach Metsu inspired Senegal to reach the quarter-finals of the 2002 Fifa World Cup in Japan-Korea, beating defending champions France and then Sweden.

Metsu died from cancer at the age of 59, in his home town of Coudekerque Village, France.

The soccer coach told L'Equipe newspaper in July 2013, that he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. He was feeling ill after matches and the check-up confirmed the sad news.

Metsu had also coached clubs and international teams in the Gulf, winning the Gulf Cup with the United Arab Emirates in 2007. Amongst his greatest accomplishments include the Asian Champions League title with Al Ain. In recent years he replaced Diego Maradona as the coach of Al Wasi in Dubai.

He remains best known for the 2002 World Cup heroics of Senegal, having come so close to becoming the first African nation to reach the semi-finals. At the time they were undefeated, having drawn with Denmark and Uruguay in their other group stage matches, only to lose to Turkey in extra-time in the last eight.

Metsu's Senegal also picked up the runners up medal in the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations.

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