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The lawyer and politician is the new president of the football association in Senegal.

Augustin Senghor, a 44-year-old lawyer and mayor of the island of Goree, has been elected new president of the Senegal Football Association during an extra-ordinary congress in Dakar on Sunday.

Senghor, who led US Goree to gain promotion to the top flight in Senegal, polled 174 votes to defeat El Hadji Malick Gackou (130 votes) and Oumar Diop (26 votes).

Two other candidates: former international goalkeeper, Cheikh Seck, and former vice-president of the FA, Alioune Cisse withdrew a day to the elections.

Senghor headed a caretaker committee after the FA executive committee was dissolved following a shock first round exit of the country at last year's Africa Cup of Nations.

The caretaker committee, among other things, launched a professional football league recently.

Samm Audu, Goal.com

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